Lauriston Castle Edinburgh, William Burn, Scottish Towerhouse, Architect, Tours

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Historic Cramond building, Davidson’s Mains, south east Scotland

post updated 21 December 2021

Lauriston Castle Edinburgh

Location: 2a Cramond Road South, Davidson’s Mains

History: 16th century towerhouse with 19th century additions: extended & modernised in 1824-27 by William Burn

Lauriston Castle Edinburgh Scotland
photo by User:Supergolden, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Lauriston Castle was originally a four-storey, stone L plan tower house, with a circular stair tower, with two-storey angle turrets complete with gun loops. A Jacobean range was added in 1827, to convert it to a country manor. This was designed by the prominent architect William Burn.

The majority of the interior is Edwardian.

Lauriston Castle admission by guided tour only – check with operators, as the info below was added many years ago!
from April 1st, Sat -Thu

tours starting at 11.20am, 12.20pm, 2.20pm, 3.20pm and 4.20pm
closed Fri

Grounds open daily from 9am to dusk

please check with owners for details such as access & charge

Lauriston Castle architect: William Burn

Contact: +44 (0)131 336 2060 fax: +44 (0)131 312 7165

Lauriston Castle – Entry Charge: £4.50 / £3.00

Lauriston Castle Edinburgh by architect William Burn
photo by Tom Pennington, via Wikimedia Commons

Other buildings by William Burn include Haddington Court House and Leith Custom House interior remodelling. Burn was born in Edinburgh, the son of architect Robert Burn and his wife Janet Patterson.

William was educated at the High School in Edinburgh’s Old Town. After training with the architect Sir Robert Smirke, designer of the British Museum, he returned to Edinburgh in 1812.

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