4 historic buildings in Edinburgh with gorgeous timber windows

People travel far and wide to come see Edinburgh’s sights, but we at Ventrolla never forget how lucky we are to reside in such a scenic and picturesque part of the world. As such, we’ve become quite accustomed to the various historic buildings one can visit over the years, taking note of each’s beautiful timber windows – they still look great and contribute to a glorious classical appearance even today. Want to see for yourself? Here’s where we’d recommend visiting.

Edinburgh Castle

Location: Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

We couldn’t not start with the big one, right? Edinburgh Castle is truly a sight to behold, attracting in excess of over 2 million visitors each year. If you just so happen to be one of them, take note of the authentic windows scattered all around the landmark. These timber box frame sash windows are tended to all year round to keep them looking good and performing well. They really add to the character of this castle which first constructed well over 1,000 years ago, accommodating secondary glazing integration as recently as 2016. Now the castle is warmer to explore than ever.

Outside view of Edinburgh Castle.

The Georgian House

Location: 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

No prizes for guessing that Edinburgh’s Georgian House was built in the Georgian era. Even still, however, this 18th century townhouse is yet another great example of a historic building that retains its traditional charm, at least in part thanks to its beautiful timber windows. Genuine Georgian windows can be identified by their curved ripples and the ever so slight bellied effect, which is most noticeable as light passes through. There are five levels from the basement to the top, so there’s plenty of frames to have a look at.

The Museum on the Mound

Location: The Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 1YZ

Anyone remotely interested in history should at least pay one visit to Edinburgh’s famous Museum on the Mound. This former Bank’s headquarters is about as grand as historic buildings get, appropriately being dedicated to the history of money and currency. Whether staring upon its magnificence from the outside or peering out from inside, you’ll be taking in the view through countless timber sash windows that contribute to the museum’s late 18th century aesthetic.

Inside the Museum on The Mound.

John Knox House

Location: 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

John Knox House was built in the 15th century (likely around 1470) and named after the Protestant reformer after he supposedly took residence there some 100 years later. He may have only lived there a short time, but his association with the building prevented it from being torn down alongside other traditional buildings left derelict in 1840. Thank heavens, too, because it’s timber windows hold more historic importance than most, supposedly being used by Knox when he would peer out and preach at people.

Add a splash of historic authenticity to your home with modern timber windows

We hope you enjoyed this brief tour of historic buildings in Edinburgh worth checking out. If it’s inspired you to consider modern – but traditional-looking – timber windows for your own home, get in touch with a member of our team via the online contact form.