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Royal College of Nursing

Door open days


This Category B-listed 1869 villa imaginatively incorporates Victorian features, including a Pompeian-style painted vestibule and cupola. It is now the Scottish headquarters of the RCN, the world's largest professional organisation and trade union for nursing. There are exhibition displays, including the history of nursing and RCN Scotland's first headquarters at Heriot Row in the New Town. One discovery during refurbishment of the 1869 villa was original and intact decoration attributed to David Ramsay Hay, a leading reformer of interior design.



Key Information

Building Date: 1869

ACTIVITIES: Guided tours, volunteers from the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland, Erskine Care Home and 205 (Scottish) Field Hospital to speak to visitors about the different roles of nursing in various settings educational activities.



Where to find us

  • 42 South Oswald Road
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 2HH