Georgian House

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Georgian House

Georgian House
4.5
Temporarily closedClosed until Mar 11, 2022
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Enjoy a visit to the past and experience what life was like for the Lamonts family in 18th and 19th century New Town. The Georgian era produced some of Scotland’s most distinctive architecture. In the late 1700s, this grand townhouse was at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town development. The house was designed by acclaimed architect Robert Adam and was a true statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment, for those who could afford it. The house has been magnificently restored to show a typical Edinburgh New Town house of the late 18th and early 19th century. The fine collections of period furniture, porcelain, silver and glass reflect the Lamonts’ lifestyle and the social and economic context of the time. The kitchen and servants’ room give a glimpse of the arduous ‘below stairs’ life of the servants, who made the Lamonts’ elegant lifestyle possible.
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Neighbourhood: West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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QPixels
Southampton, UK247 contributions
Go back in time
Sep 2021
This restored Georgian House let us to take a glimpse at the life of rich Edinburgh dwellers in the early XIX century. We found the dining room especially impressive with its period furniture and paintings, and wood panels. The kitchen located at the basement has a remarkable open fire roast 9ask the staff and they will demonstrate how it woks). And we also had a chance to watch a short movie about the Lamont’s family, the old owners of the house. The volunteers answered all our questions and very very informative and friendly. A very pleasant afternoon, indeed.
Written 6 November 2021
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CalBristol
Weston super Mare, UK1,988 contributions
An insight into Georgian Edinburgh
Sep 2021
Situated in the lovely Charlotte Square (and well worth a wander around on its own!) is the Georgian House owned by the Scottish National Trust. Admission is free if you belong to The National Trust. ( It's right next door to Bute House, the official residence of Scotland's First Minister but she wasn't in!)
The tour starts on the second floor with an informative film about the building and the first occupiers of the house. You then proceed down stars to the first floor where the main reception rooms are situated; the drawing room looks out over the square and with its elegant furnishings, was used for entertaining. The dining room and master bedroom are situated on the ground floor and then down to the servant's quarters in the basement. The kitchen contained one of the finest collections of copper cooking utensils that I have ever seen and together with all the other utensils and implements, it made for a fascinating visit. There are volunteer guides in each room who have more information if you require it. The rooms are all elegantly decorated and furnished although there does not appear to be much remaining from the original house. There is also a gift shop in the basement.
Written 5 October 2021
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BRSflyer
Bristol, UK287 contributions
Fascinating insights into Georgian Edinburgh
Sep 2021 • Solo
Wonderful insight into the lives of the well-to-do in Georgian Edinburgh. The guides stationed in each of the rooms expand on the history with all sorts of insights and anecdotes. Combines well with Gladstone's Land, the other NTS property, located in the Old Town.
Written 1 October 2021
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Jack S
Bollington, UK47 contributions
Excellent, Interesting, Lovely House.
Sep 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit. Very interesting and the staff were informative and friendly. Lovely house. Been to Edinburgh 3 times before and not sure how we missed this. Excellent. Thank you.
Written 17 September 2021
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Master Jonjon
London, UK344 contributions
Let's visit... THE GEORGIAN HOUSE (Edinburgh) | jonjonexplores...
Aug 2021
WHAT IT IS.

John Lamont's residence built 1796.

VIEWING SEQUENCE.

Start with the second floor and traverse down to the basement. Top floor is private.
Written 7 September 2021
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Peter B
Solihull, UK325 contributions
Interesting little gem.
Aug 2021 • Solo
Staff were very enthusiastic and informative and made what May otherwise have been an average national trust experience more worthwhile. Lovely to look around for about half hour and some interesting history. Probably priced a little top heavy for non members in comparison to nearby attractions but still worthwhile if you have the time.
Written 30 August 2021
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davek
Edinburgh, UK35 contributions
Very Good Visit
Aug 2021
Very interesting place. Staff generally good although one or two tended to launch into overlong speeches about their rooms.

The introductory short film is very informative and well presented.
Written 26 August 2021
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Ian G
Hull30 contributions
Excellent attraction
Sep 2020
Well presented and highly informative attraction that is well worth the money and time spent there. Plenty of parking and cafe on site are clean and reasonably priced.
Walking around the battlefield is amazing and they have flagged out the battlefield so you can visualize what happened on that fateful day.
Written 25 August 2021
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keswickian
lake district148 contributions
Undervalued
Jun 2021
We've had some time to spare and came across the house on the internet. A little ,well, not so little gem. The enthusiasm of all the staff is infectious. A short film gives you an insight of one of the families that lived there.
Very well presented with plenty of information either on paper, or better, from the staff. A truly lovely place to see.
Written 22 June 2021
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Haig U
Prague, Czech Republic425 contributions
A wonderful experience - beautiful interiors, splendid atmosphere, and enthusiastic and friendly personnel!
Apr 2021 • Solo
What a great pleasure to be able to return to the Georgian House, further to my first visit of almost three years ago! A wonderful experience indeed, a very welcoming environment, beautiful historical interiors, friendly and welcoming staff. Reasonable precautions are taken in view of the pandemic but these did not compromise the enjoyment of the visit. Very many thanks to all concerned!
Written 19 June 2021
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