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Newhailes House & Gardens

Getting here

Newhailes House & Gardens is on Newhailes Road (A6095) on the outskirts of Musselburgh.
Address Newhailes Newhailes Road Musselburgh East Lothian EH21 6RY

By car: Newhailes is 6 miles south-east of Edinburgh city centre, just off the A1 at the Newcraighall junction.

By bus: Lothian Buses 30, 26 and 44 and First Buses 140 and 141 stop near the property.

By train: Newcraighall Station is a 20-minute walk from the estate entrance.

By bike: Newhailes is close to the National Cycle Network Route 76. Bike racks are available.

Contact information

Telephone: 0131 653 5599

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Opening times


Current period24 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 9.00–17.00 1 Nov–31 Dec, daily, 9.00–16.00

Current period24 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–17.00 1 Nov–31 Dec, daily, 10.00–16.00

Pre-booked tours only.

Current period24 Mar–31 Oct, daily, tours run from 10.00 1 Nov–30 Nov, Sat & Sun, tours run from 10.00 1 Dec–31 Dec, tbc
Weehailes Playpark

Pre-booking is not required! All children must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over. Maximum of 2 adults per child. An adult can supervise up to 6 children. Children aged 2 and under get in free.

Current period1 Apr–30 Sep, daily, 10.00–17.00 1 Oct–31 Oct, Fri–Sun, 10.00–16.00 1 Nov–31 Mar 2023, closed

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk

Entry prices

Newhailes House tour
One adult family
Child (under 5s free)
Weehailes Playpark
One adult family
Child (under 3s free)

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £4.65

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to Newhailes – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

Pre-booking: House tours

We have set up a pre-booking system to make your tour around the house easier and safer. Ticket numbers are capped each day, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Book your tour now

We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the house.

Farmers’ markets

These take place on the third weekend of every month and feature a fantastic selection of stalls.

2022 dates
(9.30am–3pm each day)

18 & 19 June
16 & 17 July
20 & 21 August
17 & 18 September
15 & 16 October
19 & 20 November
17 & 18 December

Check our Facebook page for a full list of traders.

We are a dog-friendly site, and well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in the café, shop and play park seating area. Please click on the Dogs Welcome facility below for more information about walking your dog at Newhailes.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

Facilities & access

Visitor reviews of accessibility can be found on the Euan’s Guide website.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

3G/4G coverage

Wheelchair users can make use of the dedicated parking spaces 30m from the visitor centre, or you can be dropped off at the archway entrance to the visitor centre.

Accessible toilet
Baby changing

Bike racks are available.

  • The visitor centre, shop, café and toilets are all on one level.
  • Prams, pushchairs and baby back carriers are not allowed in the house for conservation and safety reasons.
  • There’s an all-ability path in part of the water garden woods.
Children’s activities

Where can my dog go?

We welcome dogs in large parts of the grounds, including the woodland, field parameters and fields in Lodge Park.

Our 86-acre estate is the perfect place to explore with your four-legged friend. However, please bear in mind that we have working farm fields on the estate. Please keep your dog on a lead if agricultural equipment is being used in the fields.

Well-behaved dogs on a short lead are welcome in the shop and in the playpark (dogs must remain around the picnic benches in the playpark).Within the gated visitor area, Stables courtyard and café, dogs must be on a short lead.

Where can’t my dog go?

We allow assistance dogs only in the house and main café. Please make sure your assistance dog is wearing their identity harness.

What do I need to be aware of at Newhailes Estate?

Pick up after your pup: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful.

Keep a lookout: for information signs and vehicles or machinery on site.

Be aware: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Clearing up

Please help to keep the estate lovely by picking up after your dog. There are waste bins located in the car park, at both entrances and inside the gated visitor area.

Facilities available for my dog

We have water bowls outside the café and playpark. Dogs are welcome inside the café on a short lead, and there is also outdoor seating by the café within our Stables courtyard.

Car park

There’s very little shade in our car park, so please don’t leave your dog in the car on a hot day. Don’t forget – you can take your dog into most of the grounds and across the estate, so there’s no need for them to miss out.

Guided tour

Parking is £3 per day per vehicle for non-members (charges apply at all times). Free parking is available for members with a valid car parking sticker.

Picnic tables are provided near Weehailes Playpark and near the stable block.

Weehailes, our adventure play park, has been specially developed for younger children and is themed on the Newhailes story.

Weehailes is designed for children aged 3–12 but children aged 0–15 are admitted.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 16 or over. An adult can supervise up to 6 children. We can admit a maximum of 2 adults per child.

See the Weehailes Highlight page for more information

Self-guided trail

Please see maps on National Trust for Scotland signs or ask a member of staff for information on walking routes around the estate.

  • The house is unsuitable for wheelchair access due to the historic layout of the property.
  • The visitor centre, shop, café and toilets are all on one level.
  • There’s an all-ability path in part of the water garden woods.
  • Both the indoor and outdoor seating areas in and around Weehailes playpark are accessible for wheelchair users.