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Rock House Opens its Gates for Doors Open Days

Doors Open Days 2017

We’re delighted to offer a rare opportunity to experience Rock House as part of the Cockburn Association’s annual Doors Open Days Weekend. Rock House is known as the most important address in the world of photography as it was the home and studio of pioneering photographers Hill and Adamson from 1843 to 1847.

There is currently an exhibition of their work, called ‘A Perfect Chemistry’, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The house dates from 1765 and features in JMW Turner’s watercolour ‘Edinburgh from Calton Hill’. Recently the house was refurbished and decorated by leading interior designers, Studio Reed, and it’s very beautiful.


Info about the visit

We will run 6 hour-long sessions with 60 tickets each from 10am to 4pm on September 23rd, so book your slot before we run out of space! Access is free of charge and there’s a maximum limit of 2 tickets/booking.

You’ll have a tour of the house and gardens and learn some of the fascinating history of this important Edinburgh landmark home. Please arrive before half past to allow enough time for the tour.

Please note that there are several steps to access the house and so unfortunately we cannot accommodate anyone with mobility issues.


How to find Rock House

To access Rock House you need to walk up the steps which lead to Calton Hill from Regent Road/Waterloo Place. Waterloo Place runs East from Princes Street. At the point where Waterloo Place becomes Regent Road you will see a restaurant called Howie’s on the left hand side. There is then a cobbled road, Calton Hill and the steps are 10-15 meters beyond.

Climb the steps and after 20 steps you will see an ornate wrought iron gate with the words Rock House as part of the gate on your left hand side. You have arrived!!

Book your tickets here!


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