A Mansion Houses & Gardens in Edinburgh
Originally a 1590\'s tower house, Lauriston Castle\'s Edwardian interiors are carefully preserved and show the owners to be wealthy, middle class collectors. Prints, paintings, tapestries, textiles, porcelain, Sheffield-plate, Blue John, British and continental furniture and many objets d\'art assembled by William Robert Reid are enhanced by the Castle\'s tasteful decorations. The tranquil setting, overlooking the Firth of Forth, and beautiful grounds made this a highly desirable residence. Castle: Apr - Oct: Sat - Thu Guided tours at 11:20, 12:20, 14:20, 15:20 & 16:20 Nov - Mar: Sat & Sun Guided tours at 14:20 & 15:20 Castle Grounds: 9:00 to dusk Castle: Adult Ã‚£4.50, Concession: Ã‚£3.00, tours last approx. 50 minutes Castle grounds: Free Disabled Access, incl toilets, to Grounds
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Edinburgh city is located on the Southern shore of the Firth of Forth with an historic central area, the unique feature of the mini-mountain of Arthur's seat in the middle and then some of the more disasterous post-war house estates in the suburbs. Although the centre of Edinburgh is only a mile and a half from the shore-line, it is the dramatic atmosphere of the Castle that dominates the city rather than the influence of the sea although the suburb of Leith is recommended for its bohemian mix of independent restaurants and pleasant dock-side areas.