One of the best examples of an 18th century townhouse, Georgian House in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh will delight visitors with its three floors of rooms faithfully furnished as they would have been around 1800 when the house was opened.
Rich in Scottish history, the house was designed by Robert Adams as a part of his project to develop Charlotte Square, a New Town mecca for the wealthy urbanites of the times. The last private owner of Georgian House was the fifth Marquess of Bute. It is now administered by the National Trust for Scotland.
Wandering through the elegant rooms, the visitor can almost hear echoes of the polite chatter of 18th century guests in the magnificent Grand Drawing Room (or imagine using it for a reception today!). Gazing at the immaculate white linen and fine china and silver in the Dining Room, it is easy to imagine guests being served a bountiful meal. Under the stairs, the servants would have been scurrying about in the Basement Kitchen which is fully restored and contains authentic collections of kitchenware.
Many of these townhouses included a staircase and cupola, always an interesting attraction. The artwork collection at Georgian House is exceptional.
Opening Times and Prices
Opening times for the Georgian House are as follows:
1 – 23 March, daily, 11am – 4.00pm (last admission 3.15)
24 March to 31 October, daily, 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.15)
1 – 30 November, daily, 11.00am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.15pm)
1 – 17 December, Thu-Sun, 11.00am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.15pm)
Georgian House Entrance Prices
Adult £7.50; Senior £6; Family £17; Single Adult Family £12
Address: 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
Tourist Bus: Served by Edinburgh’s Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus