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.

** We are having intermittent problems with our main phone line. If you are having difficulty getting through to us please try the alternative number 0131 336 1921. Note: there is no voicemail facility on the alternative line. **

Please note we will be unable to provide the scheduled 2pm tours on the following dates. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Thu 23 April; Sat 2 May; Thu 7 May; Sat 16 May; Thu 21 May; Sat 30 May.

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.  

Lauriston Castle gardens


Find out more about Lauriston Castle and its fascinating history.

A detail of a fireplace 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.

Children working on an activity organised by Lauriston Castle staff

Schools and Community Groups

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


Did you Know?

 ‘Gentlemen’s houses built all castle-wise’?

Did you Know?

 ‘Gentlemen’s houses built all castle-wise’?

In 1636 Sir William Brereton described the fashion for ‘Gentlemen’s houses built all castle-wise’ – houses built for prestigious effect as tower houses or castles; even though their defensive structures were no longer strictly necessary.
Lauriston was just such a castle, built as a country ‘Villa’ yet still in easy reach of Edinburgh. A place where  its wealthy and powerful owners could escape from the demands of business and politics,  particularly during the summer months, in order to leave behind the smells and bustle of the city for a life of semi-rural leisure, dignified by intellectual and creative recreation.