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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. Please see our full opening times for details for Weehailes Playpark, the Doocot Diner and the wider estate.

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

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

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.

Facilities & access

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.

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.

Accessible toilet
Baby changing
Bike route
  • 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

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.

There’s an induction loop for the tour and at the reception desk.


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 the Weehailes Playpark and near the stable block.

Play area
  • 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.

Opening times

Weehailes Playpark and Doocot Diner

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.

1 Jan–6 Feb 2020, closed 7 Feb–16 Feb, daily, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 15.00) 17 Feb–19 Mar, Fri, Sat & Sun, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 15.00) Current period20 Mar–31 May, closed 1 Jun–25 Oct, daily, 10.00–17.00 (last entry 16.00) 26 Oct–24 Dec, Fri, Sat & Sun, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 15.00)

Due to ongoing conservation work, the house is closed to tours.

Current period30 Apr–31 Dec 2020, closed
Café, Shop & Reception

Current period1 Jan 2019–31 May 2020, closed

1 Jan–22 Mar, daily Current period23 Mar–31 May, closed 1 Jun–31 Dec, daily

Entry prices

Weehailes Playpark

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50

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