Gladstones Land

Gladstone's Land, the house of wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes showcases high-rise living, 17th-century style, at the beating heart of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile!

Gladstones Land

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477b Lawnmarket, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NT
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Just a stone’s throw from the castle, this 500-year-old building is a towering testament to tenement life in Edinburgh’s Old Town. It was once owned by merchant Thomas Gladstone, who extended and remodelled the building to create opulently decorated apartments. Gladstone attracted wealthy tenants including William Struther, Minister of St Giles’ Cathedral, and Lord Crichton, as well as the high-end grocer John Riddoch, who traded from the ground floor.

By the mid-1800s, only the poorest of the city’s inhabitants remained in the Old Town and this once luxurious tenement fell into disrepair. Gladstone’s Land was one of the first buildings that the National Trust for Scotland acquired, rescuing it from demolition in 1934.

Today, Gladstone’s Land shows how the wealthy went about their lives at a time when the cramped Lawnmarket was at the heart of one of the fastest-growing and most influential cities in the world.

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Upcoming Events at Gladstones Land

Lecture Series July - Adventures in Banking

Lecture Series July - Adventures in Banking

7th July 2022

Join us at Gladstone's Land on 7th July and take a trip back in time to discover hidden stories of the early days of Bank of Scotland, and its extraordinary Head Office building on the Mound!
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Redcoats in Residence

Redcoats in Residence

9th July 2022

Alan Breck's Regiment bring Jacobite reenactment to Gladstone's Land on 9th July. Reenactors will be in costume and character throughout the museum.
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Gladstone’s Land - Guided Tour in British Sign Language (BSL)

Gladstone’s Land - Guided Tour in British Sign Language (BSL)

Selected dates between 10th July 2022 - 18th August 2022

Join us for the pilot tour of our British Sign Language (BSL) tour at Gladstone's Land!
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Sextorical Lectures - Seduction, Scotland & the Law: A Special Relationship

Sextorical Lectures - Seduction, Scotland & the Law: A Special Relationship

29th July 2022

Join Clement Knox, author of Strange Antics: A History of Seduction to find out more about seduction in 18th-century Scotland!
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Lecture Series August - Macbeth: A Usurper’s Fate

Lecture Series August - Macbeth: A Usurper’s Fate

4th August 2022

Historian Elizabeth Cory Lopez will delve into the roots of Macbeth, son of Findlay, and what his life, culture, reign and mythical legacy can tell us about the evolution of Scotland as a nation.
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