Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with 19th-century extensions overlooking the Firth of Forth, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It lies on Cramond Road South, between Cramond, Davidson's Mains, and Silverknowes. The substantial grounds, Lauriston Castle Gardens, operate as a local park. The castle was bequeathed to the Edinburgh Corporation (post 1975 known as Edinburgh City Council) and hosts the Lord Provost's annual Garden Party. The house is a Category A listed building and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.
A Lauriston Castle stood on this site in medieval times but was almost totally destroyed in the raids on Edinburgh in 1544 by the Earl of Hertford's troops.
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Andrea Bavas | Apr 15, 2018
Lovely nature walk around the grounds! Perfect for dog walking (pick up your droppings please!). Perfect for allowing wee ones to let off some steam! Buggy accessible but can get a bit muddy! So wellies are a must and good pushing skills if you have a buggy. Benches are available for a sit and even a picnic. The actual castle is more of an estate house and they run daily tours and weekly events for adults and children (wreath making at Xmas, in the life events with costumes, art making...) Usually found on Eventbrite.
Pilar S. | Apr 13, 2018
The Jurassic kingdom event was overpriced for what it was, plus a long muddy walk which resulted in an extra load of washing...the children had fun but the castle wasn't included in the event so to me it felt unfair and wouldn't recommend it nor go again. The castle's cafe' is very small but fairly priced, had a better space in warmer climates for sure thanks to the outside tables and chairs. I am sure the castle itself is lovely but haven't been able to see it yet.
Tom Pitchforth | Apr 6, 2018
A walk around the grounds is lovely and it's well kept. Watching the croquet is always fun and the views to Fife are breathe taking. Bee keeping on the North side which is interesting. No entrance fee usually, but currently (April 2018) the mechanical dinosaur exhibition is on which carries a £10 charge.
Kholoud Althobaiti | Apr 14, 2018
currently, the place is hosting Jurassic Kingdom (Dinosaurs). It ends tomorrow. There will be different events in summer. The dinosaurs movement is good but they don’t walk. They close their eyes and move their hands, head and tail. Some of spots are extremely muddy. The shops there are expensive,for example, Bottle of water costs £2.
Mike Rankin | Apr 22, 2018
The Castle and grounds themselves are beautiful, with stunning views over Cramond island and the Forth to Fife beyond. We went to the Dinosaur exhibit which was a bit of a flop, but the park itself is great.
Christine Mcevoy | May 21, 2018
Beautiful sunny day with blossom in full bloom lovely views over the forth of forth. So relaxing .
Marianna Mignani | Jun 27, 2018
Absolutely beautiful place. The castle is lovely, but the best part was outside. The grounds were lovely. There is a big park, there are ponds, places were to play cricket (!), a stunning Japanese garden. Furthermore, behind the castle you have a great view of the sea, and Cramond island. They have tours and also plays that take you around the Castle. I went to see one of the plays, and I enjoyed the experience very much (although the play per se wasn't the best I've ever seen...). I can't believe I hadn't been there yet!
jay Rougvie | Jul 14, 2018
Beautiful grounds. Great for picnics, walks & exploring. Dog friendly. Child friendly. Cafe within the grounds.
denise cuthbert | Jul 16, 2018
Lovely dog walking park, lots of interest as you walk, tree lined paths, open fields and a lovely little cafe however the gluten free cake option is awful. Some pre packed shortbread that I binned after one bite.
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