Run by the National Trust for Scotland, which rescued the property from demolition in the 1930s, this 17th-century merchant's house is decorated in period-style furnishings. It's not big and is worth a visit if only to get a feeling of the confined living conditions 400 years ago - even for the reasonably well off. Gladstone (then spelled Gledstane) expanded the original 16th-century structure he purchased in 1617 both upwards and toward the street. Above the ground floor, in the front room that he added, you can see the original exterior with its classical friezes of columns and arches. Here, as well, is the sensitively restored timber ceiling, looking suitably weathered and aged, with colorful paintings of flowers and fruit. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.
477B Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
Our Rating Hours May 21–Oct 31 daily 10am–3pm Transportation Bus: 23, 27, 41, or 45 Phone 0131/226-5856 Prices Admission £7.50 adults, £5 children, £21 families Web site Gladstone's Land
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