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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Charles I and the Mortlake Tapestry Works

The Mortlake Tapestry Works was founded in 1619 on the banks of the Thames outside London, and for some twenty years produced the finest tapestries in Europe for Charles I and his courtiers. The early Mortlake tapestries are the most developed visual expression of the culture of the Stuart court, reflecting Charles’s…

Tue 1 Nov

£8/£70 for 10 Lectures / 0131 228 1155

Christmas at Lauriston

A traditional family Christmas at Lauriston. Capture the true values of Christmas in our special Christmas themed day evoking the magic of a period Christmas.

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 cup or china bowl or other container) and a…

Christmas Country Bunting and Natural Swags

Make beautiful little Christmas bunting for your home with home-spun fabrics and little embellishments. With Margaret Findlay.

Deck the Halls! Victorian Tree Trims and Hanging Decorations

Inspired by Christmas Past, make a exquisite angel or fairy for your tree, garlands of cut paper and metallic leaves in silver and gold to string around your windows, and lovely miniature stockings based on Victorian examples. We will use a selection of beautiful printed papers, foils and sparkling trim. With artist Tessa…

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An Edwardian Christmas at Lauriston Castle

Join 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.

Sat 3 Dec

Adult £5 (£6.50), Child £3 (£4.50), Family £12.50 (£17) (Price in Brackets includes afternoon tea) / 0131 228 1155

Felt Christmas Wreaths

Make a quirky and colourful Christmas wreath using squares of felt and wire. Add your own embellishments for that personal touch. Guaranteed to cheer up any doorway! Ages 5+ with Bragela Hornal.

Fresh Wreaths

Make a stunning giant fresh wreath from our home-grown greenery here at Lauriston Castle. Embellish your wreath with beautiful additions. With Margaret Findlay.

Sat 17 Dec

Fresh Wreaths

Make a stunning giant fresh wreath from our home-grown greenery here at Lauriston Castle.. Embellish your wreath with beautiful additions. With Margaret Findlay

Sun 18 Dec

Halloween at the Castle

Our ever-popular Halloween day at Lauriston Castle. Come in full costume and enjoy an afternoon of treats and fun in the old creepy Castle, and watch out for our ghosts and ghouls! Please note this is a structured session not drop in.

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Hand-printed Christmas Cards, Tags and an Advent Calendar

Make a selection of beautiful hand-printed cards, tags and a one-of-a-kind advent calendar using simple relief printing techniques. Start the festive season with a day of creative fun expressing wintry landscapes of fir trees, snow and sparkling stars. With artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb.

Homespun Advents

Join Margaret Findlay to make a beautiful string advent suitable for little gifts for your family in the lead up to Christmas. We will experiment with beautiful felts and homespun fabrics.

Sun 27 Nov

In Search of Scotland’s Football Origins

From castle court yards to village greens and burgh streets, football, of varying styles, has been played in Scotland for at least 600 years. For centuries the recreation was controlled and even curtailed by people in authority, prompted in part by a fear of the mob, whilst reflecting its popularity amongst ordinary…

Thu 10 Nov

£8/£70 for 10 Lectures / 0131 228 1155

Natural Wreaths

Make a beautiful little wreath embellished with stunning natural materials. We will also use some home-spun country decorations. With Margaret Findlay.

Fri 16 Dec

Red and Green Vintage Christmas Crafts

Enjoy a relaxing day making fabric accessories for gifts and decorations including felt and fabric corsage flowers, tree trim robins and beautiful brooches, all decorated with beads and threads. Note: Some hand sewing is involved in this workshop. With artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb.

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Rosyth, the River Forth and World War One

The British Grand Fleet, comprising some 200 ships, was based at Scapa Flow at the beginning of World War One. The battle-cruisers moved to Rosyth in December 1914, but it took until April 1918 to make the estuary safe enough for the rest of the Fleet to join them, by which time every significant harbour had been taken…

Mon 14 Nov

£8/£70 for 10 Lectures / 0131 228 1155

Sangstream Winter Concert, with Christmas Afternoon Tea

Sangstream will be singing a selection of mainly Scots Christmas and winter songs, perhaps with a few looking forward to the brighter days of spring. Sangstream Scots Folk Choir are based in Edinburgh, led by Musical Director Corrina Hewat, with members getting together for weekly practice sessions to share Scotland’s…

Watercolour Christmas Cards

Make beautifully unique hand-painted Christmas Cards to send your friends and family for Christmas, a special treat for anyone to receive. With artist Erik Petrie.

Will the Sustainable Development Goals truly ‘leave no one behind’?

In September 2015, the UN approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals that aim to end extreme poverty globally and tackle other great causes by 2030. These SDG’s are more comprehensive that the Millennium Development Goals of 2000, and they are universal, aiming to ‘leave no one behind.’ Lord McConnell was closely involved…

A Wreath for the Laurels: A MURDER MYSTERY

A funeral wreath is delivered to the Castle, and this causes great puzzlement as no-one is dead. Well not yet anyway. Back by popular demand! This is a re-run of last year's murder mystery which was oversubscribed so many were unable to attend. Now is your chance to experience the special atmosphere of Lauriston Castle in…

Sat 19 Nov

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