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Riddle's Court

Riddles Court 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG, Scotland
+44 131 220 1232
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Historic treasure on Royal Mile

Edinburgh is a city of hidden treasures and Riddle's Court is close to the top of the list for... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2018
libis328
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Fascinating old Edinburgh house.

We had a tour this Monday, a dark wet day which meant only 3 of us turned up. We were shown round... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
JimEFC
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Riddle's Court is a unique survival, a 16th Century courtyard House set behind the Royal Mile, just a stone's throw from Edinburgh Castle. The property contains significant architectural features documenting its 400 year history. Many aristocratic, influential and creative people have lived here or been associated with this building including King James VI, Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, Sir David Hume and Sir Patrick Geddes. As a Fringe Festival Venue Riddle's Court has helped put artists centre stage early on in their careers including Stephen Fry and Maggie Smith. The property was taken over by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust in September 2011, who are undertaking a large scale restoration of the property to its former glory and turn it into the 'Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning'. The project will cost £5.7m, of which £75k has yet to be raised . The building is currently closed but will reopen in the Spring of 2017.
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Riddles Court 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG, Scotland
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Edinburgh is a city of hidden treasures and Riddle's Court is close to the top of the list for those in the know. Hidden down a close near the Castle is a 16th century tenement where King James VI banqueted foreign royalty under a beautiful...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We had a tour this Monday, a dark wet day which meant only 3 of us turned up. We were shown round by Russell, the Education Officer, who is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. By luck we were able to see some of the ongoing restoration...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

Stayed in the holiday apartment managed by AIRBNB and visited the Lego exhibition during the festival. Both very good .The apartment is beautiful and the bedroom has an amazing painted beam ceiling dating from the time of James VI where it is said that he...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Spent Sunday night in the amazing Kings Chamber accommodation at Riddles Court, Edinburgh. Absolutely first class accommodation, minutes walk from the Castle, Ideally located within the newly refurbished 16th Century Merchants House, beautifully restored by Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. A pleasure to have had the...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Went to see Lego exhibition. It was amazing! Kids of all ages (including those aged 69!) will enjoy this. The building has been beautifully restored. Staff were friendly, approachable, welcoming and helpful. Cafe was also very good. Prompt service. Good food. Pleasant surroundings and staff....More

Thank Stan W
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

I saw this place, looked at it, may have taken a picture, can't really remember, but I remember it, there is a little alley way going down where you can take some stairs at the end into a lower street. Just saw it here for...More

Thank Theycallitmadness
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Reviewed 26 September 2015

Just off Royal Mile, at the end of a small alleyway. 16th century Riddle’s Court is one of Edinburgh’s older properties. An interesting courtyard with an outside staircase built when some of the building was demolished. Was the one time residence of the famous Scottish...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2015 via mobile

This is a hidden gem of a piece of preserved history this court yard is in its original condition to show it at its best. The original stairs and doorways intact.

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Reviewed 7 October 2014 via mobile

Like Gladstone Land, we found this fascinating "space" by complete accident. Being the nosey bugger I am, I decided to walk into this close "just because it was there." There was no real signage or advertising at the entrance but, once in the courtyard, we...More

2  Thank GladiatorDelWino
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Una R, Front Office Manager at Riddle's Court, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2014

Thanks for visiting. Scottish Historic Buildings Trust is a buildings conservation trust working to save Riddle's Court, 90% raised of the £5.6m target. For more information about the project visit http://www.shbt.org.uk//index.php?cID=210 Be sure to come back and visit in 2017 once the restoration is complete.

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Reviewed 1 September 2014

I visited Riddler's Court in order to see a rather nice LEGO exhibition as part of this year's Edinburgh Science Festival. The courtyard itself was charming, and there was a cafe tucked away in there next to the exhibition area. There was a very reasonable...More

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