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

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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The Lauriston Horror Tour

The Lauriston Horror Tour

Selected dates between 12th June 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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Summer Mosaics

Summer Mosaics

5th August 2021 - 6th August 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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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 - 21st 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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Woodland Treasure Box

Woodland Treasure Box

11th August 2021

Make your own little treasure box to store your Summer memories and decorate it with natures scenes with Lauriston Castle staff!
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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: The Morton Photography Project at the National Trust for Scotland

Lecture: The Morton Photography Project at the National Trust for Scotland

19th August 2021

Dr Antonia Laurence Allen will share collections, stories and projects from properties as diverse as Canna House, Brodie Castle and Tenement House at Lauriston Castle on 19th August.
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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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Costumed Performance: A Fairley Interesting Look at Lauriston

Costumed Performance: A Fairley Interesting Look at Lauriston

5th September 2021

It’s the year 1923. Join Mrs Reid, her housekeeper Mrs Mackay and her steward and friend, John Fairleyus as they reflect on the many interesting people connected with the house and estate!
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Lecture: Heroines of the Canongate: Women as Urban and Social Reformers in the Edwardian Old Town

Lecture: Heroines of the Canongate: Women as Urban and Social Reformers in the Edwardian Old Town

8th September 2021

This talk offers a different account of urban reform in Edwardian Edinburgh. It explores the many people who worked together to change the living conditions of the communities in the city’s Old Town
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Lecture: Enlightened Golfers

Lecture: Enlightened Golfers

10th September 2021

This talk given by Jim Scanlon, a member of Leith local history society and Leith Rules Golf Society, will explore the variety of notable people who have played golf on Leith Links.
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Scots at War at the Castle

Scots at War at the Castle

11th September 2021

Join Scots at War for an interactive family experience where you can join Scotland's army of yesterday- today!
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Leith 2020: Leith: HQ of the Trainspotting Phenomenon.

Leith 2020: Leith: HQ of the Trainspotting Phenomenon.

14th September 2021

Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, now indelibly part of Leith’s legacy with international recognition, deserves more credit and study than it gets. Tim Bell will explore how Leith is presented.
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Upstairs Downstairs

Upstairs Downstairs

19th September 2021

Come along to Lauriston where you will don an apron and mob cap to make lemonade and biscuits in the old kitchen then visit the magnificent rooms upstairs!
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Burns V McGonagall: An evening with Scotland’s best poet and arguably the worst!

Burns V McGonagall: An evening with Scotland’s best poet and arguably the worst!

24th September 2021

William McGonagall has long been regarded as ‘the worst poet in the history of the English language’. Join Scots actor Jock Ferguson for an evening of anecdotes and stories and a wee dram in betwe
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Lecture: Discovering Leith through Maps

Lecture: Discovering Leith through Maps

5th October 2021

This lecture given by Laragh Quinney will consider how Leith has been depicted on maps from the 16th century to the present day.
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Lecture: A Guid Cause Maks a Strong Arm

Lecture: A Guid Cause Maks a Strong Arm

7th October 2021

This talk explores the ‘gists, the ‘gettes and the fight for female emancipation, viewed by some as a campaign and by others as a war.
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Memories of Autumn

Memories of Autumn

10th October 2021

Inspired by the season passing make a gorgeous autumn wreath lit by magical lights to adorn your door to take you right up to Christmas.
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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 - 24th October 2021

Join paranormal illusionist Ash Pryce as he leads you into the netherworld at Lauriston Castle!
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Family Special Event: Ghost of the Castle - Hallowe’en Horrors

Family Special Event: Ghost of the Castle - Hallowe’en Horrors

23rd October 2021 - 24th October 2021

It’s not Hallowe’en season without ghost stories in old castles with strange characters, bizarre house staff, and spooky mysteries, now is it?
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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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Lecture: E. A. Hornel: from Camera to Canvas

Lecture: E. A. Hornel: from Camera to Canvas

27th October 2021

This talk by Dr Antonia Laurence Allen is about Scottish artist Edward Atkinson Hornel and illustrates how Hornel’s travels and use of photographs influenced his artistic practice.
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Lecture: Leith 2020: A Photographic Walk Through Time

Lecture: Leith 2020: A Photographic Walk Through Time

2nd November 2021

Fraser Parkinson will illustrate the rich heritage of Leith through photographs, showing the history and changing face of Leith from the mid-1850s to the present day.
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Such A Sweet Death?

Such A Sweet Death?

5th November 2021 - 6th November 2021

Can you solve the mystery and bring a killer to justice? Join one of our unique Murder Mystery Evenings in atmospheric Lauriston Castle!
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Lecture: Distant lives: The Earliest Photographs of St Kilda

Lecture: Distant lives: The Earliest Photographs of St Kilda

9th November 2021

In 1860 Capt. F.W.L. Thomas sailed to St Kilda to take the first ever photographs of St Kilda. This is the story of the quest to give these St Kildans back their identity and to tell their story.
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Lecture: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Lecture: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

16th November 2021

This lecture investigates a range of artworks by artists including S.J. Peploe, Dorothy Johnstone, Eric Robertson and William McCance, and places them within the context of their times.
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Sock Snowmen

Sock Snowmen

21st November 2021

Make a beautiful little festive snowman to decorate your home for Christmas at this family workshop in Lauriston Castle!
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Tartan Wreaths

Tartan Wreaths

26th November 2021

Make a colourful and unique Christmas wreath for your door using tartan remnants, bells, baubles and ribbons. No sewing is required!
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Christmas Patchwork Appliqued Cushions

Christmas Patchwork Appliqued Cushions

27th November 2021

Make a beautiful appliqued cushion using exquisite Christmas and vintage-inspired fabrics with Felicity Bryant!
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Christmas Tricks with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Christmas Tricks with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

28th November 2021

The Christmas magic show is back at Lauriston Castle! Witness mind-blowing magic and festive frolics for the whole family in a lavish, historic setting inside the Castle.
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Lecture: Tokens of Festive Magic: The Victorian Christmas

Lecture: Tokens of Festive Magic: The Victorian Christmas

30th November 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for an exploration of the 19th century Christmas through antique objects, many from her own collection which inspire her intricate etchings.
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Printmaking for Christmas

Printmaking for Christmas

2nd December 2021

Join us for an adorable Christmas class where you can print Robins, fir trees and other beautiful motifs with artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb!
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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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An Edwardian Christmas

An Edwardian Christmas

5th December 2021

It’s Christmas 1910 all the family and staff come together to enjoy the season. Walk through Lauriston Castle on a special tour watching the performance by Edinburgh Living History unfold!
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Paper Garlands and Silver Wings

Paper Garlands and Silver Wings

6th December 2021

Using a selection of beautiful papers and foils in silvery colours create a wreath, angel and garland in this relaxing workshop with Artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb!
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Lecture: Upstairs, Downstairs: Glamorous gowns to working dress

Lecture: Upstairs, Downstairs: Glamorous gowns to working dress

7th December 2021

Vicky Garrington explores a variety of historic dress from a much-mended maid’s uniform of the early 20th century to a sumptuous 18th century silk dress scattered with tulips.
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Adult Special Event - Film screening: Scrooge

Adult Special Event - Film screening: Scrooge

10th December 2021

Join us at Lauriston Castle as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of this all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
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A Family Edwardian Christmas at Lauriston Castle

A Family Edwardian Christmas at Lauriston Castle

12th December 2021

Join us at Lauriston Castle for our annual Christmas event where you can capture the magic of Christmas past!
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Festive Decorations

Festive Decorations

15th December 2021

Join us for a festive class making a variety of Christmas decorations to adorn your home!
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Country Wreaths and Garlands

Country Wreaths and Garlands

17th December 2021

Make a sweet little natural wreath inspired by Scandinavia with little painted reindeers, stars and hearts and a magical lit garland to decorate your door, stairs or fireplace!
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Green Wreaths

Green Wreaths

18th December 2021

Always the highlight of the season, make not one but 2 stunning natural wreaths to decorate your home using Lauriston Castle greenery and a host of beautiful embellishments.
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Fresh Giant Wreaths

Fresh Giant Wreaths

19th December 2021

Join Margaret Findlay as you gather natural greenery to make 2 giant wreaths for you home!
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Descriptive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Lauriston Castle at Christmas

Descriptive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Lauriston Castle at Christmas

19th December 2021

Join us for a special Christmas Tour at Lauriston Castle specifically designed for visually impaired visitors.
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