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Volunteer Room Guide

As a volunteer room guide you’ll be interacting with international visitors of Gladstone’s Land directly, telling them of the property’s fascinating history and helping them gain insight into what life was like on Edinburgh’s Lawnmarket throughout the last 400 years.
We also offer additional research or guiding opportunities, if requested.

About The National Trust for Scotland - Gladstone's Land

To protect and care for Scotland’s heritage To provide opportunities for everyone to experience and value Scotland’s heritage To promote the benefits of heritage To create an efficient and sustainable business which supports our conservation needs

Experience Required

Essential: good communication skills, friendly and personable. Desirable: history or heritage knowledge, but information on the house will be provided.

Training Details

After an induction session we offer a shadowing shift which you would spend with other volunteers, familiarising yourself with the house. You are also welcome to join our tours for more information. Your first shift will be with one a staff member of seasoned volunteer (or solo if you feel confident)

Flexibility & Commitment

Short Term Volunteering (3 months or less);School Holidays;Term Time;Flexible;Summer Holidays

3 hours per week

Location/Travel Details

We are located on the Lawnmarket in Edinburgh's Old Town, the property is a 17th century tenement with turnpike stairs and low doors. There are no parking spaces but we can store a bike or two. 5 minute walk from Waverly Station, Princes Street or the Bridges, closes bus stops for #23, 27, 41, 42.


Travel expenses paid.

Accessibility Details

  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs