Palladian house with sumptuous decorative details and surrounding woodlands
Discover breathtaking rococo designs in the Great Apartment.
Admire features such as gilded eagles and early 18th-century trompe l’oeil decoration.
Soak up the atmosphere in the eerie abandoned servants’ kitchen and scullery.
Enjoy woodland walks and views across the Forth.
A Palladian house fit for a baronet, originally built in the 17th century, Newhailes brings three centuries of history to life. The house was owned by the Dalrymple family and featured prominently in the Scottish Enlightenment.
Newhailes is a treat for visitors, revealing sumptuous decorative details at every turn, from the gilded eagles over the drawing room windows to Chinese wallpaper and imposing Italian marble fireplaces.
The Trust is currently undertaking an exciting conservation project to restore several areas of the highly significant 18th-century designed landscape, including the flower garden, kitchen garden and formal lawns.
You can almost hear the crunch of carriage wheels pulling up as you stand before this masterpiece of rococo splendour. You’ll be shown around by guided tour, so you won’t miss any of the fabulous details that make this house so special. Highlights include the gilded eagles over the drawing room windows, the Chinese sitting room with its early 18th-century trompe l’oeil decoration, and the magnificent purpose-built library.
Pass through the service corridor downstairs and you’ll discover an altogether eerier world. The old kitchen and scullery were locked between the 1940s and the 90s, and we’ve left them as we found them, abandoned workspaces from a bygone age. You leave the house the same way the servants did, through a tunnel designed to keep the grounds clear of the sight of workers rushing to and fro.
Take a walk in the grounds and see if you can find the 18th-century tea house, the mysterious shell grotto and the Ladies’ Walk – an elevated promenade designed to lift both body and mind.
Visit the Stables courtyard to enjoy a delicious treat from the café, view a short video about the house or to browse the shop with its good range of gifts.
If you’re keen to explore further, take one of our monthly ‘behind the scenes’ tours which will show you round parts of the house that are otherwise off-limits.
Budding nature detectives will especially enjoy our minibeast safaris and ranger-led walks. Or go in search of bugs and beasties yourself with one of our Explorer Packs.
Dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads or under close control. Dogs are welcome outside in the Stables courtyard, but only assistance dogs are permitted indoors.
Pay and display parking (free for members) is available 50m from the visitor centre.
Access to the house is by guided tour only. Tours last for 75 minutes and leave from the visitor centre. There are also family tours that last only 45 minutes. Reservations are recommended – please telephone 0131 653 5599.
For conservation and safety reasons, no backpacks or back baby carriers are permitted in the house.
Guided tours for groups (maximum 45 people) are also available – please book in advance.
Coach parking is available 20m from the visitor centre.
School visits are very welcome – the learning officer and ranger service can tailor content to meet your pupils’ needs. Please telephone 0131 653 5599 for further details.
The visitor centre, shop, café and toilets are all on one level.
Wheelchair users can make use of the dedicated parking spaces 30m from the visitor centre, or they can be dropped off at the archway entrance to the visitor centre.
80% of the house tour is wheelchair accessible. There is a basement entrance with a lift to the main floor. A photograph album and information on the two rooms on the upper floor is available.
There is an all-ability path in part of the water garden woods.
There is an induction loop for the tour, main audio-visual presentation and at the reception desk.
Explanatory text is available in Dutch, French, German and Italian.
Visitor reviews of accessibility can be found on the Euan’s Guide website here.