What you'll do
We look forward to welcoming you into the Stevenson House, the historic childhood home of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde," "Treasure Island," and other famous works. You will have an unique chance to see behind the facade of an historic building in Edinburgh's New Town, which is also a living family home and the place where Scotland's most-read author grew up. Hear what it was like for him as he struggled to become a writer, exploring Edinburgh's heights and depths, and learn about the life of today for the family that lives here. At the end, you'll be treated to home-baked cakes and tea or coffee in the formal dining room, and you'll learn more about life in Stevenson's day and now. Please be aware that, being a nineteenth-century family home, the house is not wheelchair friendly. To access the house you will need to climb seven steps from the street. Fully to enjoy the experience you will need to be able to climb, and descend, a flight of about twenty-four steps in your own time.
My family has lived in the Stevenson House since 1992, and it has been my husband's family home since 1971. With our children, we love to welcome guests to this historic home and to share our knowledge and experience of the house and its most famous inhabitant, the author Robert Louis Stevenson. I'm a graduate of the École Hôtelière de Lausanne, and I have three decades of experience in hospitality. My husband John is a lawyer by training, but by calling he is a guide for explorers in Edinburgh.
Historic house and treats
Where you'll be
The Stevenson House is at 17 Heriot Row in Edinburgh—and in the imagination on Treasure Island, in the streets of Edinburgh and London in the 1800s, and in Samoa in the South Pacific.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. The Stevenson House is a nineteenth-century family home. It is not wheelchair friendly. To access the house you will need to climb seven steps from the street. Fully to enjoy the experience you will need to be…
Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs and if you are intolerant of gluten, nuts, or dairy products. There are steps! 7 to the front door and 24 up to the drawingroom where we will enjoy part of our experience.
Drink tea in a famous author's home