28 September 2017
With rooms furnished in period style, featuring a fine collection of 17th century Scottish furniture gifted by Sir William Burrell as well as a series of historic royal portraits, you will get a real sense of life in the 'Auld Hoose'.
St Nicholas Garden
Once you have toured the house, make sure you find time to visit the St Nicholas Garden situated behind the house, where you can relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. This garden has been recreated in the style of gardens in the 15th Century.
Surrounding the garden, the cloistered walkway displays an intriguing collection of carved faces. These strange stone masks are known collectively as the Tontine Heads or Tontine Faces. Over the years, these stone masks were scattered then eventually unearthed at various sites around the city. They were finally reunited in 1995 when the St Nicholas Garden opened.
The Cloisters are a partially enclosed space overlooking the garden, offering the perfect location to reflect on the world. They partly surround and enclose the central parterre and provide an elevated vantage point for visitors. The Cloisters also incorporate a ramped peripheral walkway to view the Tontine Heads.