From a wealthy merchant and his wife to their cook and scullery maid – these could be the real people waiting to greet you this weekend at the National Trust for Scotland’s Gladstone’s Land.

On Saturday, 6 October, from 12:30 – 5pm, volunteers in seventeenth century costume will be mingling with visitors to recreate what life was really like for those who lived there hundreds of years ago.  Visiting families will be able to imagine all the daily activities undertaken by the property’s owners and tenants, overlooking the busy street-life outside on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, while servants toiled below stairs to keep the household functioning smoothly.

Gladstone’s Land’s Property Manager for the National Trust for Scotland is Fiona Murray, who explains more about this autumn treat:-“We offered this very popular way of bringing history to life during some of our summer Saturday afternoons and now visitors will again have the chance to meet the characters of Gladstone’s Land in each room, thanks to our wonderfully informative volunteers.”

The property has an original painted ceiling dating from 1620 and is a gem to visit in the heart of the capital.

Gladstone’s Land will be open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, 6 October, with costumed guides from 12:30 – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm).  Entry tickets are £6 for adults, families £16, one parent £11 and concessions £5. For further information, please call 0844  4932120.