A Mansion Houses in Edinburgh City Centre
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, tours last approx. 50 minutes Castle grounds: Free Disabled Access, incl toilets, to Grounds
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Edinburgh City Centre
The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.