When you step inside Lauriston Castle, you see it just as it was when it was left to the nation by its last owner in 1926. The Castle and the collection 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, William Reid, the owner of a leading Edinburgh cabinet making business. The oldest part of the house dates from 1593, with later extensions added in the 1820s and 1870s. The beautiful grounds were laid out by Henry Playfair in the 1840s. A recent innovation is the Japanese Friendship Garden, gifted by the Prefecture of Kyoto.
2a Cramond Road South, Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh EH4 5QD Scotland
0131 3362060, 0131 3361921http://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk
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