A Museums & Art Galleries in Edinburgh City Centre
The National Trust for Scotlandâ€™s property on the Royal Mile is a typical 17th-century Old Town Edinburgh tenement building (apartment block), which visitors can explore. Thomas Gledstanes, a merchant, bought the property on 20 December 1617. He and his family probably occupied an apartment on the third floor and rented out the rest of the building, including two luckenbooths (shops) at street level, to tenants from various backgrounds.
On Saturdays during July and August, from 12.30-5, visitors can get a flavour of 17th-century life with the guides in costume in the display rooms. The costume guides really help to bring the house to life and ensure that visitors have an even better experience.
House: 1 April â€“ 31 October daily 10-5, last admission 4.30.
There are extended opening hours in July & August 10-6.30, with last admission 6pm.
T none Visit website
The Private House Stay's Guide
Edinburgh City Centre
The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.