This elegant 18th-century town house offers a glimpse into the lives of Georgian Edinburgh’s elite. Now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, the perfectly preserved property features a traditional 18th-century kitchen with collections of china and silverware as well as paintings by prominent Scottish artists.
Visitors can pre-purchase admission tickets for the Georgian House and then take a self-guided tour around the property. Watch Living in a Grand Design, a short introductory film about the property, before exploring the interior, from the grand drawing room and dining room to the servants’ quarters. In each room, information sheets provide details about the life of Scottish aristocrats in the Georgian period.
Visitors who purchase a National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket gain free access to the Georgian House, along with other National Trust for Scotland sites such as Culloden battlefield and Culzean Castle.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Georgian House is a must for history enthusiasts.
- A small shop in the basement sells souvenirs, gifts, and books.
- There is no café on site, but plenty can be found nearby.
- Much of the Georgian House is accessible only via stairs, making it unsuitable for wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The Georgian House is situated in Charlotte Square in Edinburgh’s New Town, just a short walk from the west end of Princes Street. It’s also accessible by public transport; take the tram to Princes Street, which is just a 10-minute walk away. Edinburgh Waverley train station is about 20 minutes away on foot.
When to Get There
The Georgian House typically closes for several months during winter (usually for at least January and February, and sometimes longer). Though the house sees most visitors during the summer months, it is rarely crowded. Get there early in the morning when the interior is hushed and quiet.
What to See and Do in the Georgian House
The house, designed by well-known architect Robert Adam, has been restored to reflect the lifestyle its wealthy 18th- and 19th-century occupants would have enjoyed. In addition to period furniture, it also features works by acclaimed artists including portrait painters Sir Henry Raeburn and Allan Ramsay. If you want to get into the Georgian spirit, dress up in one of the period-style costumes provided, which are available in both children’s and adult sizes.