20 Events at Newhailes

  • Nature Nippers

    Dates:Dates between : Thu 5 May - Thu 3 Nov Location:Newhailes

    Nature Nippers for Children from 0 to 5 to have fun and learn all about nature and outdoors.

    Details

    5th May – Charming the worms of Newhailes estate.

    Learn how to worm charm and find out how amazing worms are, be prepared to get a little muddy.

    4th Aug – Meadow safari

    Let’s have some fun on the grasslands of Newhailes. We will meet our skylark friends and find out what bugs and beasties are in the grass.

    1st Sept – Batty Bats

    Find out what bats we have at Newhailes estate and where they live. Enjoy some batty games and crafts to finish.

    3rd Nov – Leaves and Fruit

    What Natural art can we make out of leaves and fruit (Be prepared to get mucky).

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. We will be outside so warm, waterproof clothes are a must.

    Dates & Times:

    • 03 Nov 2016 : 10:00 - 11:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 3.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Online booking essential
  • Behind the Scenes House Tours

    Dates:Dates between : Thu 30 Jun - Thu 29 Sep Location:Newhailes

    See Newhailes House off the beaten path...

    Details

    NOW SOLD OUT

    Join one of our guides to see the rooms not currently on the tour at Newhailes House, their history and conservation issues.

    Tours start at the Visitor Centre. Max 6 per tour. Please note that the ticket price applies to both NTS members and non-members.

    Dates & Times:

    • 29 Sep 2016 : 16:15 - 17:15

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 13.00
    • Concession : £ 11.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Bat walk

    Dates:Fri 30 Sep Location:Newhailes

    Want to know the difference from a common and soprano pipistrelle bat then this walk is for you?

    Details

    Join a Lothian Ranger for a wee talk on bats then use a detector to find the bats using echolocation sounds. There will also be a chance to see where bats have roosted and to ask lots of questions.

    Dates & Times:

    • 30 Sep 2016 : 20:00 - 22:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 5.00
    • Child : £ 3.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Booking essential book online
  • Autumn Talks 2016

    Dates:Thu 13 Oct - Thu 15 Dec Location:Newhailes

    Join us for our first annual autumn talks.

    Details

    This year Newhailes, one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s “mansions of the mind”, is launching the first in a series of public talks programmes, aimed at the general public and delivered by expert and engaging speakers from both within and outwith the National Trust for Scotland.

    The talks each will touch on a topic of importance to Newhailes but will take in wider historical and cultural issues along the way. Each talk will end with an opportunity to ask the speaker questions over a complimentary glass of wine.

    Thu 13 October

    “Dreaded and Detested”? The Dalrymple family and the law of Scotland

    (Mark McLean, Learning Officer, Newhailes)

    Thu 27 October

    Newhailes: Exploring the 1797 Inventory

    (Ian Gow, Chief Curator Emeritus, the National Trust for Scotland)

    Thu 10 November

    “Two Syllables Only”: Feuds and frictions within the Scottish Enlightenment

    (Mark McLean, Learning Officer, Newhailes)

    Thu 24 November

    Paper Obsessions: Books and Book Collectors in Enlightenment Scotland

    (Kelsey Jackson Williams, University of St Andrews)

    Thu 1 December

    Fashion and Function: costume and textiles from the Dalrymple family collection

    (Emma Inglis, Curator, National Trust for Scotland)

    Thu 15 December

    From Castles to Camels: historic Scottish silver, its makers and marks

    (George Dalgleish, formerly Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland)

    - Purchase tickets to all 6 talks for a discounted price of £40.

    - To purchase individual £8 tickets click on the title above.

    - Tickets are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

    - All talks take place at the Newhailes Visitor Centre on Thursdays at 6pm prompt and the evenings conclude at 7.30pm.

    Dates & Times:

    • 13 Oct 2016 - 15 December 2016 : 18:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 40.00
    • Concession : £ 40.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • “Dreaded and Detested”? The Dalrymple family and the law of Scotland

    Dates:Thu 13 Oct Location:Newhailes

    Join us at Newhailes, one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s “mansions of the mind”, for our series of Autumn Talks 2016.

    Details

    Mark McLean, Learning Officer, Newhailes will present “Dreaded and Detested”? The Dalrymple family and the law of Scotland.

    - Complimentary glass of wine and discussion after each talk.

    - Purchase all 6 talks for £40.

    - Limited space, book early to avoid disappointment.

    Dates & Times:

    • 13 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 8.00
    • Concession : £ 8.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Nature Activity Days Day 1

    Dates:Tue 18 Oct Location:Newhailes

    If your child likes anything to do with nature and being outdoors then this is the event for them.

    Details

    Day 1 will consist of

    Minibeast Hunt

    Natural Bird feeder making

    Natural art

    The activity days are very popular and online booking is required.

    Children will be dropped off and picked up at Newhailes Estate.

    Warm out clothing and outdoor shoes are a must

    Children must bring a packed lunch with them

    Children will receive a certificate for attending the day.

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Oct 2016 : 10:30 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 20.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Online booking essential for children from 6 upwards
  • Nature Activity Days, Day 2

    Dates:Wed 19 Oct Location:Newhailes

    If your child likes anything to do with nature and being outdoors then this is the event for them.

    Details

    Day 2 will consist of

    Den building

    Water filtration

    None traceable fire lighting

    The activity days are very popular and online booking is required.

    Children will be dropped of at Newhailes Estate

    Children must bring outdoor clothing and shoes

    Children must bring a packed lunch

    Certificate will be given to children for attending the day

    Dates & Times:

    • 19 Oct 2016 : 10:30 - 15:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 20.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5595 or email lothianranger@nts.org.uk

    Booking:

    Online booking essential for children from 6 upwards
  • Newhailes: Exploring the 1797 Inventory

    Dates:Thu 27 Oct Location:Newhailes

    Join us at Newhailes, one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s “mansions of the mind”, for our series of Autumn Talks 2016.

    Details

    Ian Gow, Chief Curator Emeritus, NTS will present a talk on "Newhailes: Exploring the 1797 Inventory"

    - Complimentary glass of wine and discussion after each talk.

    - Purchase all 6 talks for £40.

    - Limited space, book early to avoid disappointment.

    Dates & Times:

    • 27 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 8.00
    • Concession : £ 8.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Newhailes Hallowe'en with Mercat Tours

    Newhailes Hallowe'en with Mercat Tours

    Dates:Dates between : Fri 28 Oct - Sun 30 Oct Location:Newhailes

    See another side of this beautiful house as darkness falls and your guide chills you to the core with sinister tales of curses, witches and death...

    Details

    This event is very popular, so make sure to book your tickets early!

    Tours at 18.00, 19.45 & 21.30

    Booking is essential with Mercat Tours, please visit www.mercattours.com/online-booking.asp or call on 0131 225 5445

    Dates & Times:

    • 28 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 21:30
    • 29 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 21:30
    • 30 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 21:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 18.00
    • Child : £ 10.00
    • Family : £ 50.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Spooky Halloween Trail & Crafts

    Spooky Halloween Trail & Crafts

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 29 Oct - Sun 30 Oct Location:Newhailes

    Join us in the Stables Courtyard to start your spooky trail and afterwards join in on some crafty fun!

    Details

    Join between 11am-4pm (last entry 3:30pm) in the Stables Courtyard to start your spooky trail and afterwards join in on some spooky Halloween crafts with our Ranger team!

    Fancy dress with wellies and waterproofs encouraged.

    £5.50 for both activities if booked online, £6.00 at the door – a prize is included for all who return safely from the trail...

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    The visitor centre, café and house will also be open from 11am - 4pm.

    Trail papers will be handed out until 3:30pm and all trail participants must be finished and ready to collect their prize from the stables courtyard by 4pm.

    Dates & Times:

    • 29 Oct 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00 (30 min intervals)
    • 30 Oct 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00 (30 min intervals)

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 5.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • “Two Syllables Only”: Feuds and frictions within the Scottish Enlightenment

    Dates:Thu 10 Nov Location:Newhailes

    Join us at Newhailes, one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s “mansions of the mind”, for our series of Autumn Talks 2016.

    Details

    Mark McLean, Learning Officer, Newhailes will present “Two Syllables Only”: Feuds and frictions within the Scottish Enlightenment

    - Complimentary glass of wine and discussion after each talk.

    - Purchase all 6 talks for £40.

    - Limited space, book early to avoid disappointment.

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Nov 2016 : 18:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 8.00
    • Concession : £ 8.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • NTS Members' Shopping Evening

    NTS Members' Shopping Evening

    Dates:Fri 18 Nov Location:Newhailes

    Get into the Christmas spirit with an exclusive NTS members' shopping evening!

    Details

    National Trust for Scotland members are invited to an exclusive evening of Christmas shopping in the Newhailes Gift Shop from 5pm – 8pm.

    A festively decorated shop, gift wrapping station, live music and complimentary mulled wine with mince pie in the Stables Café is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.

    - Free entry for NTS members

    - Enjoy a complimentary mulled wine and mince pie

    - Gift wrapping station will incur a small fee

    - No booking required

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Nov 2016 : 17:00 - 20:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Paper Obsessions: Books and Book Collectors in Enlightenment Scotland

    Dates:Thu 24 Nov Location:Newhailes

    Join us at Newhailes, one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s “mansions of the mind”, for our series of Autumn Talks 2016.

    Details

    Kelsey Jackson Williams, University of St Andrews presents a talk on "Paper Obsessions: Books and Book Collectors in Enlightenment Scotland"

    - Complimentary glass of wine and discussion after each talk.

    - Purchase all 6 talks for £40.

    - Limited space, book early to avoid disappointment.

    Dates & Times:

    • 24 Nov 2016 : 18:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 8.00
    • Concession : £ 8.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Fashion and Function: costume and textiles from the Dalrymple family collection

    Dates:Thu 1 Dec Location:Newhailes

    Join us at Newhailes, one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s “mansions of the mind”, for our series of Autumn Talks 2016.

    Details

    Emma Inglis, Curator, NTS presents a talk on "Fashion and Function: costume and textiles from the Dalrymple family collection"

    - Complimentary glass of wine and discussion after each talk.

    - Purchase all 6 talks for £40.

    - Limited space, book early to avoid disappointment.

    Dates & Times:

    • 01 Dec 2016 : 18:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 8.00
    • Concession : £ 8.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Santa's Grotto at Newhailes

    Santa's Grotto at Newhailes

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 10 Dec - Sun 18 Dec Location:Newhailes

    ‘Winter Holly Days’ would not be complete without Santa’s Grotto!

    Details

    Surrounded by natural Christmas trees and twinkling lights, children will meet Santa himself.

    Kids to the grotto will have the chance to take a photo with Santa and receive a wee stocking filler.

    £4.50 per child for Santa’s Grotto if booked in advance, £5 at the door. Adults go for free!

    FREE entry to Newhailes Visitor Centre

    - Check in at the Visitor Centre reception desk for entry to Santa’s Grotto

    - Entry is based on time slots within a 30min entry window

    - When you arrive you will be given a number for your specific slot

    - Walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows, we encourage everyone to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 11 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 17 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 18 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 4.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599

    Booking:

    Book Tickets
  • Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

    Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 10 Dec - Sun 18 Dec Location:Newhailes

    This two-hour session will show you how to create a wreath using Newhailes’ natural foliage.

    Details

    Join us for a lovely, relaxed workshop and make your own Christmas wreath. This two-hour session will show you how to create a wreath using Newhailes’ natural foliage. All materials (wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) will be provided, including an abundance of natural materials. The wreath is yours to take home and a great way to get you in the festive mood. Hot drink and mince pie included.

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Dec 2016 : 13:30 - 15:30
    • 10 Dec 2016 : 10:00 - 12:00
    • 18 Dec 2016 : 10:00 - 12:00
    • 18 Dec 2016 : 13:30 - 15:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 25.50
    • Child : £ 25.50
    • Concession : £ 25.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599

    Booking:

    Book Tickets
  • Christmas Crafts

    Christmas Crafts

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 10 Dec - Sun 18 Dec Location:Newhailes

    Join us for Christmas Crafts!

    Details

    Make your own mini owl out of felt and pine cones or a cute felt snowman complete with scarf and top hat? We will have lots of craft activities to chose from.

    £2.50 per child

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 11 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 17 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 18 Dec 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Prices:

    • Child : £ 2.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599

    Booking:

    Book Tickets
  • Winter Holly Days at Newhailes

    Winter Holly Days at Newhailes

    Dates:Dates between : Sat 10 Dec - Sun 18 Dec Location:Newhailes

    Celebrate your Winter Holly Days with us at Newhailes

    Details

    Join us this Christmas season for two weekends of festive fun for all ages.

    Newhailes’ Courtyard will be awash with musical sounds of carols, brass bands and solo performances filling you with festive joy.

    Our café will be well stocked with fresh baked seasonal treats – with a good selection of allergen free cakes and traybakes.

    Make some festive crafts. Be sure to book a space to visit Santa’s Grotto and bring your Christmas Wish List with you!

    Help the fairies find their beds on our Winter Wonderland Trail. The Pathfinder needs your help to guide the fairies to the path that will lead them to a safe warm place to sleep. This is a fun workshop for the whole family.

    Get creative and attend one of our workshops that will teach you how to make your very own Christmas Wreath or Centrepieces using Newhailes foliage.

    Finally pick up a lovely Christmas gift for a loved one or something special for yourself. Give the gift of a Lifetime of Adventure by purchasing a gift membership - and receive complimentary tea/coffee and cake for yourself and the recipient.

    Entrance to the Visitor Centre, Stables Courtyard and Shop is free. Other activities incur a fee, please see our events page for more information.

    Dates & Times:

    • 10 Dec 2016 - 11 December 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00
    • 17 Dec 2016 - 18 December 2016 : 11:00 - 16:00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599
  • Christmas Centrepiece Making Workshop

    Christmas Centrepiece Making Workshop

    Dates:Dates between : Sun 11 Dec - Sat 17 Dec Location:Newhailes

    Create a festive centrepiece using Newhailes’ natural foliage.

    Details

    Join us for a lovely, relaxed workshop and make your own Christmas Centrepiece guaranteed to impress your family and friends. This two-hour session will show you how to create a festive centrepiece using Newhailes’ natural foliage. All materials will be provided, including an abundance of natural materials. The centrepiece is yours to take home and a great way to get you in the festive mood. Hot drink and mince pie included.

    Dates & Times:

    • 11 Dec 2016 : 13:30 - 15:30
    • 11 Dec 2016 : 10:00 - 12:00
    • 17 Dec 2016 : 10:00 - 12:00
    • 17 Dec 2016 : 13:30 - 15:30

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 25.50
    • Child : £ 25.50
    • Concession : £ 25.50

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599

    Booking:

    Book Tickets
  • From Castles to Camels: historic Scottish silver, its makers and marks

    Dates:Thu 15 Dec Location:Newhailes

    Join us at Newhailes, one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s “mansions of the mind”, for our series of Autumn Talks 2016.

    Details

    George Dalgleish, formerly Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland presents the talk "From Castles to Camels: historic Scottish silver, its makers and marks"

    - Complimentary glass of wine and discussion after each talk.

    - Purchase all 6 talks for £40.

    - Limited space, book early to avoid disappointment.

    Dates & Times:

    • 15 Dec 2016 : 18:00 - 19:00

    Prices:

    • Adult : £ 8.00
    • Concession : £ 8.00

    Contact:

    For further information please call 0131 653 5599

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.


Newhailes Guidebook

Newhailes Guidebook

With much of its original decorative scheme intact, you can enjoy the Chinese hand painted wallpaper, painted woodwork and furnishings of Newhailes as they have mellowed over time. The library of Sir David Dalrymple, one of Newhailes' most …

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Opening times & Prices

25 Sep
  • House (Tours only): 12.00 - 17.00
  • Visitor Centre: 11.00 - 17.00
  • Shop: 11.00 - 17.00
  • Stables Café: 11.00 - 17.00
  • Estate: all year daily
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Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • House Tour
    Adult: £12.50
    Concession: £9.00
    Family: £29.50
    1 Parent Family:£23.00

    Family Tour
    Adult: £9.00
    Concession: £6.50
    Family: £22.00
    1 Parent Family: £17.00

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Silver
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 5 Star
  • Visit Scotland Accredited - Taste our Best - Visit Scotland Accredited - Taste our Best