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Edinburgh World Heritage Trust

Door open days


Built to Robert Adam's design in 1796, the interior dates from the remodelling by the fourth Marquess of Bute in 1903, including the Adam-style ceiling in the first floor drawing room.

Edinburgh is a World Heritage Site. During Doors Open Day there was an opportunity to investigate our archive of old photographs and maps, and examine historical artefacts in detail to compare different styles of architecture. Children were able to dress up as a resident of the Old Town in 1600 or a Georgian gentleman or lady from the New Town, and make their own mark on our giant World Heritage Site map. Visitors were also able to explore Charlotte Square in the company of our costumed guides, to find out about Robert Adam's finest piece of design and the lifestyles of the original residents in 1800.

The upstairs gallery at The National Trust for Scotland at No 28 Charlotte Square holds a splendid collection of furniture from the Regency period, as well as 20th century Scottish paintings and other objects d'art. The Coffee House serves up excellent coffees, home baking Scottish-style and light lunches.

Key Information

Architect: Robert Adam

Building Date: 1796

Where to find us

  • 5 & 28 Charlotte Square
  • Edinburgh
  • EH2 4DR