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Lauriston Castle

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Address: 2A Cramond Road South | Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh EH4 5QD, Scotland
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+44 131 336 2060
10:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:30

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It isn't, and never has been, a castle, but this offers a more rewarding visit than most castles. Overlooking the Forth, the oldest part of the building dates from 1598; however... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

It isn't, and never has been, a castle, but this offers a more rewarding visit than most castles. Overlooking the Forth, the oldest part of the building dates from 1598; however, it is most of interest to see how a rich Edinburgh family lived in the early part of the 20th century. Not only was the house donated to the... More 

Thank TomJohnston52
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only 5 minutes walk from my home, and never visited for years, but wanted to see the new Japanese garden. Absolutely glorious. So beautiful, and peaceful, was not too crowded as mid-week. Now has a little cafe, though a bit over-priced, and the server could have been a little more smiley 😀! However, no complaints as a free place to... More 

Thank Ger0na
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely grounds,unfenced lake so care needed with children.Did not go round castle, just went to cafe. Small cafe, inside and outside tables, Standard bought in cakes such as millionaire's shortbread,carrot cake etc. Cardboard cups and plates, plastic cutlery. Bowls of water provided for dogs.High chairs provided,no straps. But a lethal step down from counter to inside seating,,very dangerous and no... More 

Thank eiluned
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We discovered this place recently and we were enchanted. There were no problems with dogs. I saw a few but they were on leads and everyone was enjoying the space with and without their dogs. I am very surprised that there are some anti dog reviews on the site. I think it is lovely that everyone can enjoy such an... More 

Thank Miss_Poland
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

The courtyard cafe is now open at weekends. They serve great snacks and soups. We had the carrot and coconut soup and a ham and cheese toasting. Both excellent. The soup came with a hot roll and there was lots of filling in the sandwich and a small side salad. Great value and excellent service. There is both indoor and... More 

Thank dianap-10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Having been a regular visitor to Lauriston all my life, I now visit very rarely because of the increasing number of dogs running freely and fouling, what were once safe, clean and peaceful grounds. There was a time when it was an ideal place for young families but is now fast becoming a no-go area for young children. I would... More 

4 Thank Heather G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Well as a local resource it is really grim to see *so many dogs" running around without leads ,it used to be almost dog free ,now I observe dogs without leads on croquet lawn , children being scared by uncontrolled dogs etc etc...It used to be the case no dogs were allowed and as no one seems to be in... More 

1 Thank RonnieJ P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Great place to visit any time of the year, the lovely Japanese Garden is amazing in spring. Great sea views. Don't forget to visit Cramond village, beach and island nearby.

Thank Anna Č
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

nice place for a walk away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh check website for times of house tours

Thank dennismeggerland
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

After web site says no need to book, we took the bus from Edinburgh centre which took 40 minutes. We arrived just after 2 only to be told it was too busy so go away. Very disappointed, this was on a Tuesday afternoon where it's also states usually not busy. What a complete waste of a journey. However the view... More 

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