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.

There will be no 2pm tour on 1, 2 3 and 5 September. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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.  

A view of Lauriston Castle in the sunshine


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.

The library at Lauriston Castle

Visitor Information

Check out our opening hours and where to find us.

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.