Lauriston Castle

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2 Cramond Road South, Edinburgh West EH4 6AD
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Lauriston Castle
About 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.

April through October: 2pm every day except Friday.

November through March: 2pm Saturday and Sunday only.

Upcoming Events

Lauriston Castle: Who Shot the Red Fox?

Lauriston Castle: Who Shot the Red Fox?

25 August 2017
Ian Logan will be discussing the events around the murder of Colin Campbell of Glenure aka "The Red Fox".
Not So Straight Down the Middle: Some Neglected Aspects of Golf History and Heritage

Not So Straight Down the Middle: Some Neglected Aspects of Golf History and Heritage

28 August 2017
Wray Vamplew explore some of the less well-known aspects of golfing's past in this lecture at Lauriston Castle.
Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder

03 September 2017
Make a beautiful bird-feeder and some yummy snacks for tiny beaks in this workshop at Lauriston Castle 3rd September.
Cramond: A Land that Attracts All in Ancient and Modern Times

Cramond: A Land that Attracts All in Ancient and Modern Times

07 September 2017
Rev. Dr Georgiana Cameron-Gaiduschek explores the facets of Cramond's ancient past in this talk at Lauriston Castle.
WW1 at Lauriston Castle

WW1 at Lauriston Castle

09 September 2017
Learn about history in a very fun and interactive way at these WW1 re-enactments in the grounds and Castle.
Romans in Scotland

Romans in Scotland

16 September 2017
Learn more about Roman Scotland in this lecture at Lauriston Castle on 16th September.
Archaeology Day at the Castle

Archaeology Day at the Castle

23 September 2017
Come celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology at Lauriston Castle with activities for all.
Lauriston, 1917

Lauriston, 1917

24 September 2017
Come and find out for yourself how the Reids of Lauriston Castle are coping with the deprivations of wartime in 1917.
Doctor Who? Some Famous and Infamous Medics of 18th and 19th century Edinburgh

Doctor Who? Some Famous and Infamous Medics of 18th and 19th century Edinburgh

25 September 2017
A light-hearted illustrated talk about some of the famous and infamous characters in Edinburgh's medical history.
Glistening Lanterns

Glistening Lanterns

30 September 2017
Join us at Lauriston Castle and make a beautiful little hand-crafted lantern to glow and shimmer in the dark.
A Dirty Swindle: True Stories of Scots in The Great War

A Dirty Swindle: True Stories of Scots in The Great War

06 October 2017
Walter Stephen provides a uniquely Scottish outlook on the Great War in this talk at Lauriston Castle on 6th October.
How to Talk to the Dead

How to Talk to the Dead

07 October 2017
Don't miss 'How to Talk to the Dead'! Part magic show, part comedy, a regular room filler at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Amazing Autumn Jewellery

Amazing Autumn Jewellery

08 October 2017
Make amazing, unique autumn jewellery with Mike Durnan in this family workshop at Lauriston Castle on 8th October.
Amongst the stones: Research in West Ardnamurchan

Amongst the stones: Research in West Ardnamurchan

14 October 2017
Hear about the exciting archaeology being uncovered by the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project.
Spooky Pictures

Spooky Pictures

15 October 2017
Create a spooktacular gothic photo frame and decorate with terrifying things at Lauriston Castle on 15th October.
Halloween Magic School - with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Halloween Magic School - with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

16 October 2017
Learn, create and perform your own magic at a spooky, magic workshop this Halloween at Lauriston Castle!
The Lauriston Horoscope

The Lauriston Horoscope

24 October 2017
Dr Jane Ridder-Patrick explores the meaning of the horoscope of Sir Alexander Napier carved into the castle stonework.
Lauriston Castle: Haunted Edinburgh

Lauriston Castle: Haunted Edinburgh

26 October 2017
This lecture on 26th October will look at the ghost stories of Edinburgh, their past, and how they resonate today.
The Twilight Seance

The Twilight Seance

27 October 2017
Join paranormal illusionist Ash Pryce as he leads you into the netherworld at Lauriston Castle on 27th October.
Edinburgh Ghost Stories

Edinburgh Ghost Stories

27 October 2017
Listen as Actor and writer Alex Staniforth unveils the phantoms of this ancient city at Lauriston Castle.
Selecting a Ghost

Selecting a Ghost

28 October 2017 - 29 October 2017
Renowned actor and storyteller, Michael Daviot performs two classic tales of terror at Lauriston Castle.
Spooky Lauriston

Spooky Lauriston

28 October 2017 - 29 October 2017
Head along to Lauriston Castle for a variety of gruesome activities in their annual Halloween event!
The Haunted Hunt

The Haunted Hunt

28 October 2017 - 29 October 2017
Take part in a Hallowe’en Interactive Adventure at Lauriston Castle for ages 8+. Part of Edinburgh Horror Festival.
Ghosts of the Castle

Ghosts of the Castle

28 October 2017 - 29 October 2017
Housekeeper Mrs Gifford invites you on a tour of the Castle while the master is away but that doesn't mean it's empty!
The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

30 October 2017
Don’t Go into The Cellar! Theatre Company present: The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes at Lauriston Castle.
Atmosphere: Carry on Screaming

Atmosphere: Carry on Screaming

31 October 2017
Come along to Lauriston Castle for a very special screening of the 1966 classic 'Carry on Screaming' on 31st October.
The Early History of the Cramond Estate

The Early History of the Cramond Estate

01 November 2017
Bill Weir gives this lecture on the early history of the Cramond Estate at Lauriston Castle on 1st November.
Magical Woodland Winter Scenes (3D Pictures)

Magical Woodland Winter Scenes (3D Pictures)

05 November 2017
Join us at Lauriston Castle and make a 3D picture of a mysterious night-time woodland scene in this family workshop.
The Good, the Bad and the Bellygerents: The Clothed Body and Masculinity in John Kay’s Edinburgh Etchings

The Good, the Bad and the Bellygerents: The Clothed Body and Masculinity in John Kay’s Edinburgh Etchings

08 November 2017
Sally Tuckett gives a lecture on The Clothed Body and Masculinity in John Kay's Edinburgh Etchings from the 1780's.
Lauriston Castle: A Subtle Kind of Murder

Lauriston Castle: A Subtle Kind of Murder

17 November 2017 - 18 November 2017
Join us at Lauriston Castle to try to find an Edwardian killer in our newly scripted Murder Mystery!
Thomas Allan 1777-1833, Banker, Newspaper Magnate, Mineralogist and Developer of Lauriston Castle

Thomas Allan 1777-1833, Banker, Newspaper Magnate, Mineralogist and Developer of Lauriston Castle

24 November 2017
Dr Sandra Marwick will share her research into the life of Thomas Allan owner of Lauriston Castle from (1823-1833).
String of Gingerbread Men Advent

String of Gingerbread Men Advent

25 November 2017
Make an adorable string of little gingerbread men using vintage fabrics in this workshop at Lauriston Castle.
Sock Snowman

Sock Snowman

26 November 2017
Come along to this family workshop at Lauriston Castle on 26th November and make a beautiful little festive snowman.
Lauriston Castle: Woodblock Printed Christmas Cards

Lauriston Castle: Woodblock Printed Christmas Cards

27 November 2017
Create a bundle of beautiful printed Christmas cards using green wood blocks at Lauriston Castle on 27th November.
Wooden Christmas Tree Decorations

Wooden Christmas Tree Decorations

30 November 2017
Turn beautiful pieces of wood into very unique Christmas tree decorations at this Lauriston Castle workshop 30th Nov.
Gold Frankincense and Myrrh: Christmas Candles Christmas Candlemaking

Gold Frankincense and Myrrh: Christmas Candles Christmas Candlemaking

01 December 2017
Try your hand at Christmas Candlemaking, with a special Christmas buffet lunch at Lauriston Castle on 1st December.
Wooden Christmas Treasures

Wooden Christmas Treasures

02 December 2017
Enjoy a relaxing day hand-painting personalised wooden Christmas tree trims at Lauriston Castle on 2nd December.
Crazy Christmas Crackers

Crazy Christmas Crackers

03 December 2017
Create your own colourful crazy Christmas crackers with jokes and treats galore in this workshop at Lauriston Castle.
Lauriston Castle: Christmas 1910

Lauriston Castle: Christmas 1910

03 December 2017
Experience the true magic of an Edwardian Christmas with Mr and Mrs Reid at Lauriston Castle on 3rd December.
Lauriston Castle: Christmas Stockings

Lauriston Castle: Christmas Stockings

06 December 2017
Join us at Lauriston Castle on 6th December and make a stunning and individual hand-crafted Christmas stocking.
Sparkling Christmas Glass Painting

Sparkling Christmas Glass Painting

08 December 2017
Create a lovely assortment of hand-painted glass and perspex decorations and a glass decorative bowl in this workshop.
Driftwood Christmas Trees

Driftwood Christmas Trees

09 December 2017
Make a completely different and completely unique Christmas tree at Lauriston Castle using unusual wood and driftwood.
Lauriston Castle: A Magical Family Christmas

Lauriston Castle: A Magical Family Christmas

10 December 2017
Step back in time and experience the joy and tradition of Christmases in the past at Lauriston Castle.
Scandi Christmas Home Decor

Scandi Christmas Home Decor

11 December 2017
Inspired by Scandinavian Christmas accessories, make a cut paper wreath, mini tree and lots of tags, wrap and cards!
Frosted Pincones and Stars Light Garland Workshop

Frosted Pincones and Stars Light Garland Workshop

15 December 2017
Make a beautiful pre-lit garland for your home using Lauriston Castle greenery and beautiful Scandinavian decorations.
Christmas Wreaths Workshop

Christmas Wreaths Workshop

16 December 2017
Make a beautiful Christmas wreath and festive garland in this workshop at Lauriston Castle on 16th December!
Lauriston Castle: Magical Wreaths Workshops

Lauriston Castle: Magical Wreaths Workshops

17 December 2017
Make a huge green wreath to take pride of place on your street in this magical wreaths workshop at Lauriston Castle.