Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle
Cramond Road South

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0131 336 2060


0131 312 7165

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When you step inside Lauriston Castle, you see it just as it was in 1926, when it was left to the nation by the last private owner, Mrs Reid.

The Castle and the collections it contains is one of Scotland’s greatest gifts. Collections include, Italian Furniture, Sheffield Plate, Crossley Wool Mosaics and Blue John ornaments. The interiors of the house are the work of Mrs Reid's husband, Mr W R Reid, the owner of Morison & Co., a leading Edinburgh cabinet making business.

The beautiful grounds were laid out by William Henry Playfair in the 1840s. Much of the planting dates to this period. The award-winning Japanese Friendship garden, gifted by the prefecture of Kyoto, is a tranquil place to contemplate.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

The Castle is open by guided tour only; there is no need to book in advance.

April to October: Mon-Sun 14.00
November to March Sat-Sun 14.00

Guided tours for parties of 10+ can be booked outwith these times by phoning 0131 336 2060 or by emailing

Admission charges

Adult: £5 (2pm tour); £8 (out of hours)
Concessions: £3 (2pm tour); £5 (out of hours)
Family (up to two adults and three children under 16): £12.50 (2pm tour)
Group (10+): £3 (2pm tour)

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Archives

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Renaissance Band

Edinburgh Renaissance Band at the Castle - Sir Archibald Entertains at Lauriston

  • 15 May 2015 7:30-9pm

Gentleman, if you could escort the ladies, our concert is about to begin... We're going back to 1600 for an evening of entertainment that Sir Archibald Napier, the first resident of Lauriston Castle, might well have enjoyed. At a time when Scottish poets and composers were freely collaborating with writers and musicians across Europe, Renaissance music was flourishing. Our programme is filled with a rich selection of vocal and instrumental music which might have been performed in the newly-built Castle, using authentic replicas of the instruments of the time. We think Sir Archibald would be thrilled - we hope you will be too!

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