This castle's story started when the Napier family constructed a tower house here in 1593. 19th century extensions and the addition of beautiful gardens by William Playfair have resulted in a strangely little-known, higgledy-piggledy castle and tranquil surroundings, today owned by Edinburgh council. The grounds haven't quite been swallowed up by the city's advancing western suburbs; indeed, the peaceful surroundings have more in common with nearby Cramond. Entrance to the house is by (excellent) guided tour only, so plan your visit time carefully.
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Name: Lauriston Castle ★★★★☆
Location: Cramond Road South, 4 miles north-west of central Edinburgh, G.R.: NT 203761 ///rugs.flies.noon
Open (2018): House (by guided tour only, once or twice each afternoon): Monday to Wednesday & weekends. Gardens: daily
Cost (2018): House: £8 (adults), £6 (children). Gardens: free.