Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle

About Lauriston Castle

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

Roman Lamp Making

Roman Lamp Making

1st June 2019
Join Archaeology Scotland for a crafty few hours exploring Scotland's Roman past in this family event at Lauriston Castle on 1st June!
Glorious Gardening

Glorious Gardening

2nd June 2019
Join us at Lauriston Castle on Sunday the 2nd of June for a special gardening workshop to celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week!
The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

8th June 2019
World Ocean’s Day is Saturday 8th June. Join us at Lauriston Castle and make hand felted pictures and also some little bunting inspired by the sea in this workshop with Margaret Finday!
Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

8th June 2019
Join lutenist Nico Tyack for an afternoon of music in the peaceful seclusion of Lauriston Castle’s courtyard and be transported to the Renaissance courts of Europe.
Summer Meadow Mobile

Summer Meadow Mobile

9th June 2019
Capture the magic of a bright and sunny summer’s day and create a beautiful handcrafted mobile using textured paper and natural materials in this family workshop with Erik Petrie.
Gosford Park at Lauriston Castle

Gosford Park at Lauriston Castle

15th June 2019
New Media Scotland invites you to an atmosphere film screening of Gosford Park, a murder mystery worthy of Agatha Christie herself, at Lauriston Castle on 15th June!
Cyanotypes on Fabrics and Paper

Cyanotypes on Fabrics and Paper

15th June 2019
To celebrate National Nature Photography Day today join us for an introduction to the cyanotype process.
Toil and Trouble

Toil and Trouble

16th June 2019
Edinburgh Living History invites you to a costumed performance about the Reid Family who lived in Lauriston Castle in the 1900's.
The Gardeners of Salonika: Britain’s War in the Balkans 1915-18

The Gardeners of Salonika: Britain’s War in the Balkans 1915-18

1st July 2019
David Clarke, historian and specialist in the military conflicts of the late Victorian British Empire and the Great War, gives this lecture on Britain's forgotten Salonika Force.
A Riot of Colour

A Riot of Colour

5th July 2019
Create bold and beautiful pictures inspired by Lauriston’s beautiful Japanese gardens in this family workshop at Lauriston Castle on 5th July!
The North Remembers: The History Behind Game of Thrones

The North Remembers: The History Behind Game of Thrones

6th July 2019
Writer and presenter David C. Weinczok gives this talk on his upcoming book, The History Behind Game of Thrones: The North Remembers, at Lauriston Castle on 6th July.
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book

7th July 2019
Go with Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera on some of their greatest adventures as The Jungle Book comes to life with a dramatized reading from Posturous Productions at Lauriston Castle on 7th July!
RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

12th July 2019
Come along to Lauriston Castle to take part in some free wildlife themed activities with RSPB Scotland and see how you can be part of saving nature!
RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

13th July 2019
Come along to Lauriston Castle to take part in some free wildlife themed activities with RSPB Scotland and see how you can be part of saving nature!
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

13th July 2019
Bring your picnic for an inventive take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing against the dramatic back-drop of Lauriston Castle and watch the sun set behind you!
RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

14th July 2019
Come along to Lauriston Castle to take part in some free wildlife themed activities with RSPB Scotland and see how you can be part of saving nature!
Abstract Art at the Castle

Abstract Art at the Castle

20th July 2019
Enjoy a relaxed fun day of experimentation for anyone keen to try new painting techniques with artist Erik Petrie at Lauriston Castle on 20th July!
The Lauriston Castle Teddy Bear’s Picnic

The Lauriston Castle Teddy Bear’s Picnic

21st July 2019
Join us at Lauriston Castle on Sunday 21st July for a morning of teddy bear themed fun! Remember to bring a picnic.
Our Heritage in Our Hands: Caring for Scotland’s Great Gardens

Our Heritage in Our Hands: Caring for Scotland’s Great Gardens

23rd July 2019
Ann Steele gives this talk on how the National Trust for Scotland works to ensure that Scotland’s great garden heritage is sustainable – now and for future generations.
Macbeth

Macbeth

25th July 2019
Bring your picnic for an inventive take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth against the dramatic back-drop of Lauriston Castle and watch the sun set behind you!
The Briggers: The Story of the Men and Boys Who Built the Forth Bridge

The Briggers: The Story of the Men and Boys Who Built the Forth Bridge

27th July 2019
Come along to Lauriston Castle on 27th July as the Briggers, a Forth Bridge research and presentation group of volunteers, give this talk on the Forth Bridge and the men who made it!
Tree Sculpture

Tree Sculpture

28th July 2019
Today is National Tree Day! Discover the trees of Lauriston on a magical art trail through the woods then create a tree sculpture to adorn your home or garden in this family workshop on 28th July!
Summer Magic Workshop with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Summer Magic Workshop with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

3rd August 2019
Learn, create and perform your own magic in this workshop at Lauriston Castle this summer for Ages 7 - 11!
Death Pays a Visit

Death Pays a Visit

7th August 2019 - 8th August 2019
A murder is discovered at Lauriston Castle, what secrets lie behind it's walls? Come and see if you can solve the crime and unmask the killer!
Sketchy Scrapbooks!

Sketchy Scrapbooks!

9th August 2019
Today is National Book Lovers Day! Come and spend time sketching our magical castle and our beautiful grounds with Erik Petrie, then seal your memories in a handmade scrapbook! Suitable for age 4+.
MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

10th August 2019
What mysteries does Lauriston Castle conceal? Come along and explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room!
MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

11th August 2019
What mysteries does Lauriston Castle conceal? Come along and explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room!
MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

13th August 2019
What mysteries does Lauriston Castle conceal? Come along and explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room!
MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

14th August 2019
What mysteries does Lauriston Castle conceal? Come along and explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room!
Longwood: Napoleon’s Last Days

Longwood: Napoleon’s Last Days

15th August 2019 - 17th August 2019
On the 250th anniversary of Napoleon's birth, Posturous Productions invites you to meet the man behind the monster and the tyrant behind one of the biggest wars this world had ever known.
In Perpetuity

In Perpetuity

19th August 2019
This talk by Ailsa Clarke will explore the founding philosophy of the Imperial War Graves Commission and the huge task of creating the cemeteries and how the work of the CWGC continues to this day.
MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

22nd August 2019
What mysteries does Lauriston Castle conceal? Come along and explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room!
RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

18th October 2019
Come along to Lauriston Castle to take part in some free wildlife themed activities with RSPB Scotland and see how you can be part of saving nature!
RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

19th October 2019
Come along to Lauriston Castle to take part in some free wildlife themed activities with RSPB Scotland and see how you can be part of saving nature!
Autumn Wreaths

Autumn Wreaths

19th October 2019
Join Margaret Findlay in this workshop at Lauriston Castle on 19th October and make a gorgeous pre-lit magical autumnal wreath.
RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

20th October 2019
Come along to Lauriston Castle to take part in some free wildlife themed activities with RSPB Scotland and see how you can be part of saving nature!
Halloween Wand Making Workshop

Halloween Wand Making Workshop

20th October 2019
Join us at Lauriston Castle in a magical crafting class just in time for Halloween and create your own unique magic wand!
The Twilight Seance

The Twilight Seance

26th October 2019
Join paranormal illusionist Ash Pryce as he leads you into the netherworld at Lauriston Castle on 26th October.

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