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.
Please see the Visitor Information page for details of the normal opening hours of Castle and grounds.
New Recruits Needed for Edinburgh Living History!
Edinburgh Living History is a group of volunteers who use 'Living History' to assist in the interpretation of the collection and history of Lauriston Castle. We are on the look out for some new people! We need costume makers, props makers, history enthusiasts, people who would like to do some research and budding actors. For further information please contact 0131 336 2060.
Find out more about Lauriston Castle and its fascinating history.
Find out more about the collections in this fabulous home that has been preserved exactly as it was in Edwardian times.
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Information about events and other activities at Lauriston Castle for schools and community groups
Did you Know?
‘Gentlemen’s houses built all castle-wise’?