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Newhailes House & Gardens

Palladian house that played a prominent role in the Scottish Enlightenment
Newhailes desk with Enlightenment objects
  • Discover breathtaking rococo designs in this 17th-century Palladian villa.

  • Spot sumptuous decorative details including shells, gilded eagles and early 18th-century trompe l’oeil decoration.

  • Soak up the atmosphere in the eerie abandoned servants’ kitchen before braving the servants’ tunnel.

  • Enjoy woodland walks in the 18th-century designed landscape, with views across the Forth.

  • Step back to the time of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 'most learned library in Europe’.

  • Inspire you child’s imagination as they climb, crawl, slide and explore through our brand new Weehailes Playpark.

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Today’s Opening Hours

House - by guided tour only
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Entry prices

One adult family
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About this place

Newhailes brings three centuries of history to life. Originally built in the 17th century, this Palladian house was owned by the influential Dalrymple family and featured prominently during the Scottish Enlightenment.

Today, the house is accessible by guided tours, which offer an intriguing insight into the past. The National Trust for Scotland has followed a conservation strategy of carrying out 'only as much work as necessary but as little as possible' to maintain the multi-faceted character of the house. Visitors will see the remarkable library wing, imposing Italian marble fireplaces, gilded eagles over the drawing room windows, Chinese wallpaper and an impressive art collection.

Situated in 34 hectares of historical landscape, the Newhailes estate offers unspoilt views across the Forth. There are several footpaths leading around the estate for all to enjoy.

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. 2018 will also see the opening of a new adventure play park.

Our accreditations and awards

  • 5 Star Visitor Attraction
  • 5 Star Visitor Attraction