Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle
2a Cramond Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 5QD
  • Box office 0131 228 1155
  • General enquiries 0131 336 2060
  • Opening times Access by guided tour only: 1 Apr–31 Oct Mon–Thu, Sat & Sun at 2pm; 1 Nov–31 Mar Sat & Sun at 2pm.
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Lauriston Castle

The 16th century tower house of Lauriston Castle looks over the Firth of Forth from its beautiful manicured gardens, which include the Japanese garden and several croquet courts. A number of events are held at the castle throughout the year, including historically themed puppet shows for children and lectures in the evening. Note: tickets for Lauriston Castle are available through the Usher Hall Box Office.

Step inside Lauriston Castle and 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 are some of Scotland’s greatest gifts. The elegant 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. The award-winning Japanese Friendship garden, gifted by the prefecture of Kyoto, is a tranquil place to contemplate.

A wide range of art and craft workshops, living history events and lectures take place throughout the year. School parties, group visits and community groups are all welcome – to book contact the castle.

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Amazing Autumn Jewellery

Take inspiration from the amazing autumn colours and textures at Lauriston and make unique jewellery – badges, bracelets, brooches and pendants. With Mike Durnan

Sun 8 Oct

£4 / 0131 228 1155

Amongst the stones: research in west Ardnmurchan

From its most famous find, the Viking boat burial that was featured on the BBC’s Digging for Britain TV show, to the Neolithic chambered tomb of Cladh Aindreis to Highland clearances, The Ardnamurchan Transitions Project has been discovering the history and archaeology of Ardnamurchan for over a decade now. Come along to…

Sat 14 Oct

£9 / 0131 228 1155

Archaeology Day at the Castle

For all budding archaeologists. Come celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology at Lauriston Castle with activities for all. Come be an archaeologist for the day and explore the rich history of the area. Also try your hand at some special digs and do some fun art activities.  This event is provided by…

Sat 23 Sep

Free / 0131 228 1155

Atmosphere: Carry on Screaming 

Dr. Orlando Watt and his sister Valeria invite you to join them at the Bide-A-Wee Rest Home for a very special expanded screening of the Carry On classic from 1966. Dress code: Edwardian/Hallowe’en.

Tue 31 Oct

£10 / 0131 228 1155

Christmas 1910

Join us and experience what Christmas may have been like in the past. Meet Mr and Mrs Reid and their special guests to see how preparations are going for Christmas.  Find out what is going on above and below stairs, what problems are arising and how they will be solved.  Experience the true magic of an Edwardian Christmas.

Sun 3 Dec

£5, children £3, family £12.50 / 0131 228 1155

Christmas Stockings

Make a stunning and individual hand-crafted Christmas stocking to give to someone special using vintage inspired Christmas fabric and special adornments. With Margaret Findlay and a guest artist.

Wed 6 Dec

£22 / 0131 228 1155

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas would not be Christmas without our magical wreath workshops at Lauriston Castle. You will also get a chance to make a festive garland.

Sat 16 Dec

£35 / 0131 228 1155

Crazy Christmas Crackers

Create your very own colourful crazy Christmas crackers with jokes and treats galore. They are sure to go with a BANG! With Mike Durnan

Sun 3 Dec

£4 / 0131 228 1155

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

A Dirty Swindle: True Stories of Scots in the Great War sprang from the belief that the current ‘celebrations’ seriously underplayed the Scots' contributions to and losses from the 1914-1918 war. Walter Stephen delves deeper to provide a uniquely Scottish outlook on the Great War. He gives a well-rounded interpretation…

Fri 6 Oct

£9 / 0131 228 1155

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

Who tried to save Deacon Brodie? Why did Conan Doyle choose the number 221B in Baker Street? Who wanted to build a Temple of Health on the top of Arthur's Seat? What was Margaret Ann Bulkley's great secret? Whose testimony led to the downfall of many a wayward spouse? All will be revealed in this light-hearted illustrated…

Mon 25 Sep

£9 / 0131 228 1155

Driftwood Christmas Trees

Make a completely different and completely unique Christmas tree. Using unusual found wood and driftwood we will construct a unique and beautiful Christmas tree (bring along any interesting pieces of wood that you might have or any unusual objects you would like to incorporate. With artist Chris Kent.

Sat 9 Dec

£30 / 0131 228 1155

The Early History of the Cramond Estate

This lecture will look at the mansion houses, some of the owners, and the changes to the land use from the 1600s through to the changed face of Cramond today. In retirement Bill Weir has given more time to the Cramond Association and has undertaken work researching the mansion houses of the Old Cramond Parish in…

Wed 1 Nov

£9 / 0131 228 1155

Edinburgh Ghost Stories

A family friendly introduction to Edinburgh's haunted places.

Fri 27 Oct

£6 / 0131 228 1155

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Frosted Pinecones and Stars Light Garland

Make a beautiful pre-lit garland for your home using Lauriston Castle greenery and beautiful Scandinavian decorations. With Margaret Findlay.

Fri 15 Dec

£35 / 0131 228 1155

Ghosts of the Castle

Lauriston Castle Housekeeper Mrs Gifford takes you on a a tour of the historic building. But beware: just because nobody lives there doesn't mean it is empty.

Sat 28 Oct

Sun 29 Oct

Glistening Lanterns

Make a beautiful little hand-crafted lantern to glow and shimmer in the dark, inspired by nature. With Lauriston Castle staff.

Sat 30 Sep

£4 / 0131 228 1155

Gold Frankincense and Myrrh: Christmas Candles - Christmas Candlemaking, with a special Christmas buffet lunch

Amaze and impress your family with your own home-made candle at your Christmas table. Come and learn how to make natural soya candles, a cleaner alternative to conventional candles, in time for Christmas.  We will be making a scented container candle (bring your own favourite small vintage china teacup or bowl) and a…

Fri 1 Dec

£45 with buffet lunch / 0131 228 1155

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

John Kay was a prolific, yet untrained, etcher and engraver in Edinburgh who was active from the 1780s into the early decades of the nineteenth century. From his shop on the High Street he produced hundreds of etchings of local characters, who were not always aware they were being turned into a work of art, ranging from…

Wed 8 Nov

£9 / 0131 228 1155

Halloween Magic School

It's the time of year when there are more witches and wizards about than at any other. So why not learn some magic to go along with your awesome outfit? Learn, create and perform your own magic at a spooky, magic workshop this Halloween! Learn to perform incredible magic and make new wizard friends. No previous magic…

Mon 16 Oct

£10 / 0131 228 1155

Haunted Edinburgh

This lecture will look at the ghost stories of Edinburgh, their past, and how they resonate today. Ash will also talk about his experiences of investigating the Tantallon Ghost in North Berwick, to the East of Edinburgh, which in 2009 was declared the subject of the most convincing ghost photograph in the world. Ash Pryce…

Thu 26 Oct

£9 / 0131 228 1155

The Haunted Hunt

Interactive Halloween adventure.

Sat 28 Oct

£6 / 0131 228 1155

Sun 29 Oct

£6 / 0131 228 1155

How to Talk to the Dead

Mock seance: part magic show, party comedy and part rational inquiry into the supernatural. Expect levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.

Sat 7 Oct

£6 / 0131 228 1155

Lauriston, 1917

The war to end all wars is now in its 4th year. Things are becoming more and more difficult so the Reids of Lauriston Castle are continuing their attempts to provide support for those overseas.. Come and find out for yourself how they intend to do this and how they are coping with the deprivations of wartime.

Sun 24 Sep

£5, children £3, family £12.50 / 0131 228 1155

The Lauriston Horoscope 

Lauriston Castle was built in the late sixteenth century as an inheritance for the judge Sir Alexander Napier whose horoscope can be seen, carved in stone, in the front of the castle. This lecture explores the meaning of the horoscope, and the lives of Sir Alexander, his friends and family, including his half-brother of…

Tue 24 Oct

£9 / 0131 228 1155

A Magical Family Christmas

Our traditional and much- loved annual event, when you can step back in time and experience the joy and tradition of Christmases in the past. Experience a variety of activities over the 3 hours. Please note this is not a drop-in anytime session, it is a structured session lasting the full duration.

Sun 10 Dec

£7 / 0131 228 1155

Magical Woodland Winter Scenes (3D Pictures)

Imagine our woods by night and make a 3D picture of mysterious night-time woodland scene, with fairy lights and secret animals. With Mike Durnan

Sun 5 Nov

£4 / 0131 228 1155

Magical Wreaths

Against the backdrop of our historical kitchen, make a huge green wreath to take pride of place on your street. You will also get a chance to make a festive garland.

Sun 17 Dec

£35 / 0131 228 1155

Scandi Christmas Home Decor

Inspired by Scandinavian Christmas accessories, make a cut paper wreath, mini tree and lots of tags, wrap and cards! Explore with lovely tones of red, white silver and gold. With artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb.

Mon 11 Dec

£22 / 0131 228 1155

Selecting a Ghost

Two classic tales of terror by Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh born creators of Sherlock Holmes and Jekyll and Hyde. In addition to the quirky eponymous story by Doyle, thrill to the Bass Rock set tale of Tod Lapraik by Stevenson, performed by renowned actor and storyteller, Michael Daviot. Ages…

Sat 28 Oct

£6 / 0131 228 1155

Sun 29 Oct

£6 / 0131 228 1155

Sock Snowmen

Make a beautiful little festive snowman to decorate your home for Christmas. With Lauriston Castle staff.

Sun 26 Nov

£4 / 0131 228 1155

Sparkling Christmas Glass Painting

Inspired by Lauriston Castle’s beautiful stained glass windows, create a lovely assortment of hand-painted glass and perspex decorations and a glass decorative bowl as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. With artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb.

Fri 8 Dec

£22 / 0131 228 1155

Spooky Lauriston

Have a ghoulishly terrifying time at Lauriston’s annual Halloween event. Experience a variety of gruesome activities over 3 hours, and remember to wear your most terrifying costume. N.B: this is not a drop-in session but a structured session lasting the full duration.

Sat 28 Oct

£7 / 0131 228 1155

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Sun 29 Oct

£7 / 0131 228 1155

Part of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Spooky Pictures

Come and create a spooktacular gothic photo frame using some monstrously messy Modroc and decorate with terrifying things. With Lauriston Castle staff.

Sun 15 Oct

£4 / 0131 228 1155

String of Gingerbread Men Advent

Make an adorable string of little gingerbread men to string in your home for Christmas. Use special vintage fabrics and little embellishments to make something very special. With Margaret Findlay

Sat 25 Nov

£22 / 0131 228 1155

A Subtle Kind of Murder - MURDER MYSTERY

Our murder mysteries are highly acclaimed, and this is a newly scripted play. Family and friends have gathered at the Laurels for a birthday celebration; but as with many families there is an undercurrent of bad feeling. Who could foresee that it that would eventually lead to murder? You are invited to join us to try to…

Fri 17 Nov

£30 with refreshments / 0131 228 1155

Sat 18 Nov

£30 with refreshments / 0131 228 1155

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin plays the great sleuth in The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes. The show features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career. It also includes autobiographical snippets concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved.

Mon 30 Oct

£30 with wine and canapés / 0131 228 1155

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

Dr Sandra Marwick, a former colleague in Edinburgh Museums and Galleries shares her research into Thomas Allan (1823-1833) and the life of the man who in Sir Walter Scott’s words ‘displayed good taste in supporting instead of tearing down or destroying the old chateau’.

Fri 24 Nov

£9 (10 lectures £80) / 0131 228 1155

The Twilight Séance

Ash Pryce leads you in a magic-filled séance.

Fri 27 Oct

£10 / 0131 228 1155

Woodblock Printed Christmas Cards

Create a bundle of beautiful printed cards. Using green wood blocks and small tools we will design and cut simple patterns and shapes which can then be printed on to cards. With artist Chris Kent

Mon 27 Nov

£22 / 0131 228 1155

Wooden Christmas Treasures

Inspired by traditional folk art painting techniques used on woodenware in the 18th and 19th centuries., enjoy a relaxing day hand-painting personalised wooden tree trims and decorative elements using simple stencils and hand-painting techniques. With artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb.

Sat 2 Dec

£22 / 0131 228 1155

Wooden Christmas Tree Decorations

Another wonderful chance to work with the beautiful medium of wood. Get the chance to turn beautiful pieces of wood into very unique Christmas tree decorations. Decorate these to suit your own tree and colour schemes. With artist Chris Kent.

Thu 30 Nov

£22 / 0131 228 1155

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