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Riddle's Court

Door open days

23 September 2017 (10:00-16:00)

24 September 2017 (10:00-16:00)


Riddle’s Court opens its doors for the first time in two years. Having recently reopened after the completion of a £6 million restoration this is your opportunity to relax in the splendour of Edinburgh’s oldest remaining merchant’s house. The lovingly restored 1590s merchant's house preserves unique features including exquisite painted ceilings, authentic working fireplaces and panelled rooms.  Come and look round the restored building and learn more about the plans for The Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning which will run from the building. 


Riddle’s Court would have had aristocratic tenants right up until the period of the Scottish Enlightenment.   David Hume lived in the Close at Riddle’s Court between 1751 and 1763.  With residents such as the Duchess of Buccleuch, Riddle’s Court would have hosted enlightenment salons, recitals and meetings just as the New Town was being built. 


Key Information

Limited wheelchair access

Activities: Guided tours, motif lino printing for children 



Where to find us

  • 322 Lawnmarket
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 2PG