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Discover 300 years of Scottish history through this magnificent and carefully conserved neo-Palladian villa. Newhailes is famed for having some of the finest rococo interiors in Scotland. There are sumptuous decorative details at every turn, from the gilded eagles over the drawing room windows to the exquisite Chinese wallpaper and imposing Italian marble fireplaces.

A major part of the house’s charm is its mellow feel. Newhailes has been allowed to grow old gracefully through a pioneering conservation policy which does ‘as much as is necessary, but as little as possible’ to keep the house in good order without disturbing its ‘untouched’ atmosphere.

New for 2013. Come and explore Newhailes’s unique role in one of Scotland’s most important stories in our multi-media exhibition, “A Clearer Light: Lord Hailes and the Scottish Enlightenment”. Entry free – opening times as visitor centre.
Did you know?

Dr Samuel Johnson is said to have described the library as ‘the most learned drawing room in Europe’, while philosopher David Hume borrowed books from its collection.

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Opening times

Estate: all year, daily, dawn to dusk.

House: 18-21 April, Fri-Mon 12-5; 3 May to 28 Sep, Thur-Mon 12-5.

Shop, Stables Cafe and Visitor Centre: Weekends in April from 11-4 except Easter 18 -21 April Fri - Mon 11-5; 3 May to 28 Sep, Thur-Mon 11-5; weekends in Oct 11-4.

Guided tours only. Tours last approx 1¼ hours, starting every 30 mins from Visitor Centre. First tour departs 12.00; last tour departs 3.30pm. Please allow 15 mins prior to tour departure to collect tickets and view introductory film. Booking advised to avoid disappointment.

For conservation and safety reasons no backpacks or back baby carriers are permitted in the House.

Reservations are not always necessary, though advised for holiday weekends and in order to avoid disappointment.

Tel. 0844 493 2125

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