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

Mexican Mosaics

Mexican Mosaics

26th May 2018 - 27th May 2018
Make a sparkling and beautiful mosaic panel using bright coloured tiles and fractured glass in this two day workshop with Margaret Findlay at Lauriston Castle.
A Great Adventure

A Great Adventure

4th June 2018
Ailsa Clarke takes a look at the experiences of the members of the Scottish Women's Hospitals in Serbia during the First World War.
Glistening Paper Bowls

Glistening Paper Bowls

9th June 2018
A 2-part family workshop making spectacular papier mache bowls using a variety of special materials and techniques. Suitable for ages 7+.
At Lauriston Castle with The Edinburgh Sketcher

At Lauriston Castle with The Edinburgh Sketcher

13th June 2018
Learn speed sketching skills in the grounds of Lauriston Castle with the famous Edinburgh Sketcher!
Atmosphere | The Remains of the Day

Atmosphere | The Remains of the Day

17th June 2018
Come and experience our wonderfully atmospheric film screening of 'The Remains of the Day' against the backdrop of elegant Lauriston Castle!
A Sair Sacrifice

A Sair Sacrifice

18th June 2018
Hear the stories of the men from the small island of Lismore in the Inner Hebrides who served and fell in fronts across Europe in this Lecture at Lauriston Castle!
People, Places and Piazzas

People, Places and Piazzas

20th June 2018
This talk at Lauriston Castle will give an overview of the life, work and contribution to Scottish and British art by Charles Mackie.
Midsummer at the Castle: A Marriage

Midsummer at the Castle: A Marriage

24th June 2018
Edinburgh Living History's promenade play 'A Marriage' is back due to popular demand in the beautiful grounds of Lauriston Castle.
Expressive Drawing: Essential Techniques

Expressive Drawing: Essential Techniques

4th July 2018
Develop your skills and take your sketching to another level in this workshop for ages 13 -18 at Laurieston Castle.
Lauriston Castle Lecture Series: The Benin Massacre

Lauriston Castle Lecture Series: The Benin Massacre

6th July 2018
The fascinating true story of how a trade mission in 1897 ended in murder and the destruction of one of West Africa's tribal kingdoms.
Mosaics for Families

Mosaics for Families

7th July 2018
Come along and join Margaret Findlay in this family workshop in mosaic at Lauriston Castle on 7th July!
Lauriston Castle Lecture Series: The Drama of the Soul

Lauriston Castle Lecture Series: The Drama of the Soul

10th July 2018
Join Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable at Lauriston Castle for this lecture which explores some of the ideas and movements that inspired artist Phoebe Anna Traquair!
Practising Painting: Developing Skills

Practising Painting: Developing Skills

11th July 2018
Build your confidence using paint by teaching techniques in tone, texture and composition in this workshop at Lauriston Castle.
Shakespeare at the Castle: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare at the Castle: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

14th July 2018
The Three Inch Fools present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Lauriston Castle on Saturday 14th July.
Shakespeare at the Castle: Hamlet

Shakespeare at the Castle: Hamlet

15th July 2018
The Three Inch Fools are back on 15th July at Lauriston Castle with an inventive take on Shakespeare’s most infamous and iconic play, Hamlet.
George Forrest: A Scots Plant Collector in China

George Forrest: A Scots Plant Collector in China

19th July 2018
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh archivist Leonie Paterson will talk about Falkirk born George Forrest using his words and pictures in this lecture at Lauriston Castle on 19th July.
The Masons’ Marks Project

The Masons’ Marks Project

13th August 2018
Archaeologist Moira Greig is the originator and leader of the Mason's Mark Project which to date has recorded marks on 75 buildings in Scotland. Come along to this lecture and hear all about her work.
At Lauriston Castle with The Edinburgh Sketcher

At Lauriston Castle with The Edinburgh Sketcher

17th August 2018
Learn speed sketching skills in the grounds of Lauriston Castle with the famous Edinburgh Sketcher!
WW1 at Lauriston Castle

WW1 at Lauriston Castle

8th September 2018
Learn about history in a very fun and interactive way at these WW1 re-enactments in the grounds and Castle.
Halloween Magic School - with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

Halloween Magic School - with Edinburgh International Magic Festival

20th October 2018
Learn, create and perform your own magic at a spooky, magic workshop this Halloween at Lauriston Castle!
Edinburgh Ghost Stories

Edinburgh Ghost Stories

26th October 2018
Listen as Actor and writer Alex Staniforth unveils the phantoms of this ancient city at Lauriston Castle on 26th October.
The Twilight Seance

The Twilight Seance

26th October 2018
Join paranormal illusionist Ash Pryce as he leads you into the netherworld at Lauriston Castle on 26th October.
The Haunted Hunt

The Haunted Hunt

27th October 2018 - 28th October 2018
Take part in a Hallowe’en Interactive Adventure at Lauriston Castle for ages 8+. Part of Edinburgh Horror Festival.

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