Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh
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 are 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.
Castle: The Castle is open by guided tour only; there is no need to book in advance. April through October: Monday - Thursday at 2pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
November through March: Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tours last approximately one hour. Guided tours for parties of 10+ can be booked outwith these times by phoning 0131 336 2060 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Garden: April through September: 9am - 8pm. October through March: 9am - 5pm.
Adult: £5 (2pm tour); £8 (out of hours) Child (under 16): £3 (2pm tour); £5 (out of hours) Concessions: £3 (2pm tour); £5 (out of hours) Family (up to two adults and three children under 16): £12.50 (2pm tour) Group (10+): £3 (2pm tour); out of hours group visits are £8 adult and £5 concession. Admission to the gardens only is free of charge.