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Gladstone's Land

Fascinating hidden gem!

One of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile, Gladstone’s Land sits at the fashionable end of the Royal Mile 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.

Explore the 17th century apartment, and get a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and the (in)famous in 1600s Edinburgh.


Royal Mile just down from the Castle


House 10.00–15.00
Ice cream parlour and coffee shop 10.00–17.00


27 Feb–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–17.00 (last admission 16.00)
1 Nov–3 Dec, Wed–Sun, 10.00–16.00 (last admission 15.00)


Relax in the ground-floor ice cream parlour and coffee shop, which is inspired by the rich trading history of the building.


Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building. There is wheelchair access to the ground floor shop. Access to the upper floors is by a turnpike (spiral) staircase with uneven stairs – the first floor can also be accessed by a set of shallower wooden stairs on request.

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