Lauriston Castle

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.

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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. 


2pm tours

Unfortunately we will be unable to provide all 2pm tours as scheduled over the coming months. Dates of tours cancelled thus far are given below; otherwise the venue will be open as normal. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Saturday 15 November - closed, no 2pm tour
Saturday 22 November- closed, no 2pm tour
Saturday 27 December - closed, no 2pm tour

Lauriston Castle gardens


Find out more about Lauriston Castle and its fascinating history.

Miniature portraits from Mr Barton's collection on display at Lauriston Castle


Find out more about the collections in this fabulous home that has been preserved exactly as it was in Edwardian times.

The library at Lauriston Castle

Visitor Information

Check out our opening hours and where to find us.

Venue Hire

Venue Hire

Idyllic grounds for wedding photographs or photography backdrops. A magical glass house for summer events and children's parties, business away days or special evenings...

Wood-printed Xmas cards workshop


Find out about events and lectures being held at Lauriston Castle.

Schools and Community Groups

Schools and Community Groups

Information about events and other activities at Lauriston Castle for schools and community groups

Gambler, duellist, murderer

Did you Know?

about the gambler, duellist, murderer and financial genius?

Did you Know?

about the gambler, duellist, murderer and financial genius?

John Law, Lauriston’s most remarkable owner, financed an extravagant lifestyle by gambling before his debts forced him to sell his interest in Lauriston to his mother. He killed a man in a duel, and was sentenced to death for murder, but escaped from prison and fled to Europe.  A brilliant financial thinker, his scheme for an economy based on credit, investment and paper money, originally intended to revive Scotland’s fortunes, was taken up in France by the Regent, the Duc d’Orleans. This led to a remarkable story of financial success followed by dramatic ruin. Law died in relative poverty in Venice in 1729.