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.

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Upcoming Events at Lauriston Castle

Magic of the Séance at Lauriston Castle

Magic of the Séance at Lauriston Castle

Selected dates between 13th March 2021 - 26th June 2021

Sell out illusionist Ash Pryce takes you around the centuries old Lauriston Castle, demonstrating supernatural spookiness and séance magic.
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The Lauriston Horror Tour

The Lauriston Horror Tour

Selected dates between 13th March 2021 - 24th October 2021

Come along and see the sights of the castle as never seen before – hear the history of the castle and ghostly tales of the city with your professional tour guide.
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Creepy Crawly Bug Hunt

Creepy Crawly Bug Hunt

3rd May 2021

Hunt the grounds of Lauriston for creepy crawlies in their natural habitat, then make a giant version of your favourite bug at Lauriston Castle!
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RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

RSPB Scotland at Lauriston Castle

Selected dates between 8th May 2021 - 13th November 2021

Come along to Lauriston Castle to hear about your local feathered friends and to get a chance to do a quick art activity with the RSPB.
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Summer Mosaics

Summer Mosaics

15th May 2021 - 16th May 2021

Join us at Lauriston Castle for a 2-day workshop making beautiful mosaic panels inspired by the colours of summer with Margaret Findlay.
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BSL interpreted tour of Lauriston Castle

BSL interpreted tour of Lauriston Castle

Selected dates between 15th May 2021 - 18th December 2021

Join us for a BSL signed tour of Lauriston Castle and step back in time as you experience life in Edwardian Edinburgh!
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Family Craft: It’s a Bird’s Life

Family Craft: It’s a Bird’s Life

17th May 2021

Learn about some of our feathered friends and explore a variety of projects celebrating the resident Lauriston Castle birds!
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Family Craft: Fantasy Castles

Family Craft: Fantasy Castles

23rd May 2021

Explore the secret and hidden rooms of Lauriston Castle then create your own 3D Castle using special papers and paints!
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Family Craft: Celebrate World Oceans Day

Family Craft: Celebrate World Oceans Day

5th June 2021

Come along to a family class and make a variety of projects celebrating the magic of the sea!
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Costumed Performance: Supporting the War Effort

Costumed Performance: Supporting the War Effort

6th June 2021

It's the year 1916 with Mr and Mrs Reid planning a major event to raise money to support the conduct of the war. Walk through the Castle on a special tour watching the performance unfold.
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Downton Abbey at Lauriston Castle

Downton Abbey at Lauriston Castle

12th June 2021

Come dressed for the era, upstairs or downstairs, at this film screening on Satuday 12th June at Lauriston Castle!
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Leith 2020: An Archival look at Leith

Leith 2020: An Archival look at Leith

16th June 2021

This talk at Lauriston Castle explores the rich heritage of Leith and its unique identity.
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Descriptive Tour of Lauriston Castle for Visually Impaired Visitors

Descriptive Tour of Lauriston Castle for Visually Impaired Visitors

19th June 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors around fascinating Lauriston Castle.
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Family Craft: Pirate Treasure Hunt

Family Craft: Pirate Treasure Hunt

20th June 2021

Ahoy me hearties! Have our pirate hat, cutlass and parrot at the ready then out into the woods with a secret map to guide you through the grounds to find hidden treasure.
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Leith 2020: Leith Theatre Past Present and Future

Leith 2020: Leith Theatre Past Present and Future

23rd June 2021

The joint speakers will outline the chequered history of Leith Theatre, where it is now and where it might go in the future.
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Lecture: Victorian Spiritualism: The Fox Sisters and the World they Created

Lecture: Victorian Spiritualism: The Fox Sisters and the World they Created

26th June 2021

Ash Pryce is a stage mentalist and founder of the Edinburgh Skeptics society. In his first traditional lecture in more than a decade, he will be looking at the world of the Victorian Occult.
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Lecture: Addressing slavery and Empire at the National Trust for Scotland

Lecture: Addressing slavery and Empire at the National Trust for Scotland

29th June 2021

Join Jennifer Melville, Head of Curatorial & Conservation Services at the National Trust for Scotland, for this lecture at Lauriston Castle!
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Introduction to Abstract Art

Introduction to Abstract Art

4th July 2021

Learn to lose yourself in art for art sake in this taster session at Lauriston Castle!
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Lecture: With the Royal Scots in Gallipoli

Lecture: With the Royal Scots in Gallipoli

5th July 2021

This lecture explores the journey of The Dardenelles - Edinburgh's Royal Scots Territorials - who were the first waves of the seaborne offensive that aimed to end WW1.
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Lecture: Playing with the Past

Lecture: Playing with the Past

7th July 2021

What can Archaeology tell us about the world’s most popular sport? Archaeology Scotland will discuss some of its and others recent work on the archaeology and history of Football.
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Linocut Printing

Linocut Printing

10th July 2021

Explore ways of creating striking images by cutting into linoleum, and inking with colour to produce bold and dramatic prints.
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Shakespeare at the Castle: Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare at the Castle: Romeo and Juliet

11th July 2021

Prepare for a carnival of passion and imagination as The Three Inch Fools present the world’s best-known love story at Lauriston Castle.
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Family Craft: Croquet Tea Party!

Family Craft: Croquet Tea Party!

13th July 2021

Inspired by 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland' enjoy a game of 'Queen of Hearts' croquet on the lawns of Lauriston then decorate some spectacular cakes and biscuits for a special tea party!
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Treasure Island with Quantum Theatre

Treasure Island with Quantum Theatre

17th July 2021

It’s pirates, ships and buried treasure for Summer 2021 at Quantum Theatre’s adaptation of Robert Louis- Stevenson’s classic adventure, Treasure Island!
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How to be a Psychic Conman

How to be a Psychic Conman

17th July 2021

Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling caravan as Snake Oil Salesman, Ash Pryce, demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery.
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Lecture: Murder, Power and … Pineapples?

Lecture: Murder, Power and … Pineapples?

21st July 2021

Come along for a talk from archaeologist Doug Rocks-Macqueen about recent excavations of pineries in the Lothians and Falkirk!
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Shakespeare at the Castle: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare at the Castle: The Merry Wives of Windsor

23rd July 2021

Prepare for a carnival of passion and imagination, as The Three Inch Fools present this rip-roaring Shakespearean comedy at Lauriston Castle.
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Bookbinding and Botanicals

Bookbinding and Botanicals

25th July 2021

Join us at Lauriston Castle for a creative day of printing and bookbinding inspired by our gardens!
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Summer Magic Workshop with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Summer Magic Workshop with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

1st August 2021

Learn, create and perform your own magic in this workshop at Lauriston Castle this summer for Ages 7 - 11!
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Family Craft: Pond life - Pond Dipping

Family Craft: Pond life - Pond Dipping

2nd August 2021

Discover what lives in our wonderful pond in the Japanese Garden and like a scientist record what you have found in a special little book.
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Spirits of the Dead: The Terror of Edgar Allan Poe

Spirits of the Dead: The Terror of Edgar Allan Poe

Selected dates between 7th August 2021 - 21st August 2021

Edinburgh Horror Festival invites you along to Lauriston Castle this August to hear Gothic horror stories from the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.
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MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

MagicFest at the Fringe - The Secret Room

Selected dates between 8th August 2021

What mysteries does Lauriston Castle conceal? Come along and explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room!
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Lecture: A Curious Flowering: The Hydros in Scotland in the 19th Century

Lecture: A Curious Flowering: The Hydros in Scotland in the 19th Century

10th August 2021

Join Jane Neil-MacLachlan, writer and novelist under the pen name of Jane Tulloch, for this lecture on Hydropathic institutions in Scotland in the 19th Century!
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Pinhole Cameras

Pinhole Cameras

15th August 2021

To celebrate World Photography Day (19 August), join us at Lauriston Castle for a special workshop exploring pinhole cameras!
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Lecture: Earls, Maids, Dames and Gardeners

Lecture: Earls, Maids, Dames and Gardeners

24th August 2021

Vicky Garrington shares some key pieces from Edinburgh Museums & Galleries large and important costume collection.
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Halloween Wand Making Workshop

Halloween Wand Making Workshop

20th October 2021

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

The Twilight Seance

23rd October 2021

Join paranormal illusionist Ash Pryce as he leads you into the netherworld at Lauriston Castle!
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The Terror Trail

The Terror Trail

23rd October 2021 - 24th October 2021

The Edinburgh Horror Festival have created an all new interactive morning adventure for families at Lauriston Castle.
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Enchanted Christmas Pictures

Enchanted Christmas Pictures

4th December 2021

Create a Christmas themed 3-dimensional framed picture that will light up like an enchanted magical forest in this workshop with Lauriston Castle staff!
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