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Georgian House, Edinburgh

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#15 of 44 in Historic Sites in Edinburgh
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Considered a masterpiece of urban architecture, Georgian House provides a look at city life in the 18th century. Situated in the commercial heart of Edinburgh, the house remains virtually unchanged since its construction in the 1790s, when well-heeled city dwellers began to flee the cramped neighborhoods of the old town. Designed by architect Robert Adam and packed with period china, silver, paintings, and furniture, the house provides a rare glimpse into the domestic and social conditions of the 18th century. Take a self-guided tour of the kitchen, dining rooms, and basement to see how the other half lived in Georgian Edinburgh. Plan your visit to Georgian House and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Edinburgh itinerary planner.
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  • Very classy area of Edinburgh and the Georgian House is a well preserved reminder of how the well-off (rich) had it so easy. But the house had no plumbing ! The volunteers are full of knowledge about ...  more »
  • If you've seen Mary King's Close, and you should, then you'll want to contrast that with the history of how the upper crust were living in 16th century Edinburgh. The house turned museum has period fu...  more »
  • This was a lovely house to look round. There was so much of interest to see and the volunteers were full of knowledge, very friendly and enthusiastic. Can well recommend it.  more »
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  • A lovely NT property, sad the attic wasnt open. The kitchens and bellow stairs are always the best bits and this one didn't let me down- the lovely NT fellow down there was brilliant, as was the other lad in the dining room and the lady on the desk. You can dress up (adults especially!) and understand the owners of the property over the years.
  • Half an hour from NTS property Newhailes easily accessible up the A1 and bonus of free parking on Easter Monday. If you can find a spot there's parking on Charlotte Square right outside. This property has room cards and room guides not guided tours. There's an introductory video with actors presumably designed to appeal to children as well as adults but interesting nonetheless. Great top room on the house's inhabitants over time. Accessible and very courteous guides, knowledgeable about the property, the era and much else. A lovely team. Despite its elegance the property seemed child-friendly. There is a children's trail, takeaway activities like word searches, a children's room at the top of the house which includes a dressing up room and children are positively encouraged at reception to ask questions of the room guides.
  • Five stars for the curators/guides of this museum who definitely make this a great experience - very insightful, interesting people willing to answer your questions. If you have time, I would actually start at the top floor where you can dress up and walk through the house taking photos in a fitting outfit. :) They do not accept American Express to pay the admission fee - cash or other cards.
  • Great food. Nice people..
  • Brought the history to life with information and exhibits. Very knowledgeable volunteer guides.

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