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Newhailes House & Gardens

Palladian house that played a prominent role in the Scottish Enlightenment

Planning your visit

Our visitor centre is located in the stables courtyard. Visitor facilities include information, a café, a shop and toilets.

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, playpark, 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 would like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: or telephone 0131 653 5599.


See full accessibility information
3G/4G coverage
Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Baby changing
Bike route
Children’s activities
Coach parking
Dogs welcome
Free member parking
Guided tour
Hearing loop
Large print
Pay & Display
Play area
Self-guided trail
Wheelchair access

Opening times

House - by guided tour only
2 Jan–29 Mar, closed 30 Mar–30 Jun, Thu–Mon, guided tours 12.00–15.30 1 Jul–31 Aug, daily, guided tours 12.00–15.30 1 Sep–31 Oct, Thu–Mon, guided tours 12.00–15.30 Current period1 Nov–31 Mar 2019, closed
Café, Shop & Reception
2 Jan–29 Mar, closed Current period30 Mar–28 Feb 2019, daily, 10.00–17.00 (closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan)
Weehailes Playpark
2 Jan–29 Mar, closed 30 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–17.00 Current period1 Nov–28 Feb 2019, daily, 10.00–16.00 (closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan) Last entry 30 minutes before closing. 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.
Current periodOpen all year, daily

Entry prices

House Full Tour (1¼ hrs)
One adult family
House Family Tour (45 mins)
One adult family
Weehailes Playpark

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50


  • Please note there is 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 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 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 would love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what is good and where we need to do better.

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