Discover the real heart of Old Edinburgh on this walking tour down the Royal Mile and through centuries of history. Starting in the ancient Lawnmarket area we take you to the oldest buildings in the city, and on the way hear the folklore tales of riots, battles, kings and queens and horrible crimes. We will also take off the tourist trail and into the atmospheric closes and wynds of the Old Town, for an authentic Edinburgh experience unchanged for hundreds of years.
Gladstone's Land was the home of a prosperous Edinburgh merchant in the 17th century and is one of the best surviving examples of an Old Town house with its ground floor arcade completed around 1620. It is decorated and furnished with great authenticity to give visitors an impression of life in Edinburgh's Old Town some 300 years ago. Step back in time to bustling and turbulent 17th century Edinburgh and explore Thomas Gladstone’s land and the lives of his tenants. View six display rooms furnished with objects of the period, including an original painted ceiling, to give you a flavour of life in the 17th century.
1 Apr to 30 Jun, daily 10–5; 1 Jul to 30 Aug, daily 10–7; 31 Aug to 31 Oct, daily 10–5. Last admission half an hour before closing.