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Tale O' Twa Touns

About this tour

Two National Trust properties, two centuries and two towns: Old and New. We team up with the National Trust for Scotland on this private tour, combining exceptional storytelling with perfectly preserved houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.

We’ll begin at the Mercat Cross, where your private guide will reveal the stories behind the Old Town – a maze of closes and wynds, and a place of chronic overcrowding, where buildings once reached 14 storeys high.

We’ll weave our way up to Gladstone’s Land on Lawnmarket for a tour of the traditional 18th century tenement house – where you’ll see the cramped conditions and terrible poverty.

From cramped tenements to expansive town houses

Then we’ll head for the New Town, and a tour of the Georgian House – the National Trust for Scotland’s beautifully preserved example of 19th century living. The contrast is marked: spacious interiors, period furniture, a glint of silver and glass.

In Summary

  • Explore the contrast between Edinburgh’s Old and New Town
  • Visit two National Trust for Scotland properties: Gladstone’s Land and the Georgian House
  • Enjoy a private tour with an expert guide
  • Check our COVID-19 measures - to be safe, and feel safe on tour

Everyone has a warm welcome from us at the Mercat Cross.  Read more about how we look after you and what to expect on tour on our Accessibility page and Euan's Guide Review

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Tours details

Duration

  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Tour location

  • Start point: Mercat Cross, High Street
  • End point: Georgian House, Charlotte Square

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In Summary

  • Explore the contrast between Edinburgh’s Old and New Town
  • Visit two National Trust for Scotland properties: Gladstone’s Land and the Georgian House
  • Enjoy a private tour with an expert guide
  • Check our COVID-19 measures - to be safe, and feel safe on tour

Everyone has a warm welcome from us at the Mercat Cross.  Read more about how we look after you and what to expect on tour on our Accessibility page and Euan's Guide Review

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