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Newhailes House & Gardens

Palladian house that played a prominent role in the Scottish Enlightenment

Planning your visit

We’ll soon be embarking on the second phase of our exciting Newhailes Revival project, improving visitor facilities and investing in the conservation of the estate. The Stables facilities, including the shop and the café, are now closed. However, Weehailes Playpark, the Doocot Diner and the wider estate are still fully accessible. Please see our full opening times for further details.

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

Prams, pushchairs and baby back carriers are not allowed in the house for conservation and safety reasons.

Parking is £3 per day per vehicle for non-members (charges apply at all times). This will be refunded on display of your receipts if you spend £10 or more in our shop and/or café during your visit. Free parking is available for members with a valid car parking sticker.

Please note that our car park opening hours will vary in 2018/19 due to our ongoing restoration project.

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the house, play park, shop and main café areas.

Dogs are allowed in most outdoor areas if they are kept under close control but please keep them on a short lead in the main visitor area and in the car park. We also have one indoor seating area where dogs are allowed.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: or telephone 0131 653 5599.


See full accessibility information
Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Baby changing
Bike route
Buggy access
Children’s activities
Dogs welcome
Free member parking
Pay & Display
Play area
Wheelchair access

Opening times

House - by guided tour only
1 Nov–18 Apr 2019, closed 19–29 Apr, Thurs–Mon, guided tours at 11.30 and 1.30 Current period30 Apr–31 Mar 2020, closed Due to ongoing conservation work, the house is closed to tours.
Café, Shop & Reception
Current period24 Dec–9 Apr 2020, closed
Weehailes Playpark and Doocot Diner
Current period3 Jan 2019–31 Mar 2020, 10.00–17.00 (closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan) Last entry at 16.00. All children must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over. Maximum of 2 adults per child. An adult can supervise up to 4 children. Children aged 2 and under get in free.
Current periodOpen all year, daily

Entry prices

Weehailes Playpark

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50


  • Please note there’s a lift to the main floor of the house and basement access, but this can only accommodate standard-size wheelchairs. 
  • Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs are unsuitable due to the historic layout of the property. 
  • 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’s 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’s an all-ability path in part of the water garden woods.
  • There’s an induction loop for the tour and at the reception desk.
  • Explanatory text is available in Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
  • Visitor reviews of accessibility can be found on the Euan’s Guide website here.

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.

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