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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 play park 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 all week). This will be refunded if you spend £10 or more at Newhailes or join the Trust 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.

Dogs are allowed in most outdoor areas if they are kept under close control but they must be on a short lead near buildings and in the car park.

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the house, playpark, shop and cafe.

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
Current period2 Jan - 29 Mar, closed 30 Mar - 30 Jun, Thu - Mon, tours 12.00 - 15.30 1 Jul - 31 Aug, daily, tours 12.00 - 15.30 1 Sep - 31 Oct, Thu - Mon, tours 12.00 - 15.30 1 Nov - 31 Mar 2019, closed
Café, Shop & Reception
Current period2 Jan - 29 Mar, closed 30 Mar - 28 Feb 2019, daily, 10.00 - 17.00 (except 25 Dec)
Weehailes playpark
Current period2 Jan - 29 Mar, closed 30 Mar - 31 Oct, daily, 10.00 - 17.00 1 Nov - 28 Feb 2019, daily, 10.00 - 16.00 (except 25 Dec) Last entry 30 minutes before closing. No children over 12 admitted. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
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, main audio-visual presentation and at the reception desk.
  • Explanatory text is available in Dutch, French, German 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.