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.
Castle or defences
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
A Secret Garden
- 15 May 2016
Head down to Lauriston Castle and discover a hidden world of gardens, woodland and all things magical on the beautiful lawns and courtyard of the castle. Meet creatures and critters in a children’s animal handling session
enjoy storytelling, a magician, a woodland trail and face painting
and brush up on your circus skills with our circus performers, who will teach visitors some basic tricks on a drop-in basis. This old-fashioned gala day will enjoy a fun soundtrack from Edinburgh University's brass band and ukulele band.
Suggested donation of £4
Cramond Road South
0131 336 2060
0131 312 7165