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Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh - A Hidden Gem

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh - A Hidden Gem
by David Wheater of Tours of Edinburgh

Lauriston Castle is a place very few visitors to Edinburgh visit, which is a shame, as it's a very beautiful property with amazing views over the Firth of Forth to Fife.

The castle and grounds were bequeathed to the Edinburgh Corporation and are now run and looked after by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The Castle itself is a very handsome property in beautiful grounds (particularly the Japanese Garden) that remains one of Edinburgh's hidden pleasures. The tower house dates back to the 16th century and contains some really interesting and valuable collections. The garden was designed by William Henry Playfair and is free to visit, with amazing views over the Forth estuary to Fife. The garden is great fun for kids, with lots of places to run around, hide and explore. You can even play croquet on the lawn behind the house which is great fun for kids and adults alike.

The interior of the castle is particularly attractive and remains just as it was in the 1920's when the last owner, Mrs Reid, left it to the nation. Tours of the house are available (adults £5 - cash only) and there's also an excellent tea room which is highly recommended.

The gardens are open all year round, but please check the website for opening hours of the house itself and cafe.

If you'd like to visit Lauriston Castle we can include this in a bespoke tour of Edinburgh. To book please call David on 07400 705 357 or Email us.

Attraction Info
2a Cramond Road South, Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh EH4 5QD



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