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Newhailes House & Gardens

Palladian house that played a prominent role in the Scottish Enlightenment

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to the grounds – 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.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.


Pre-booking

Join us at Weehailes Adventure Playpark this October as we reopen for the holidays!

Tickets must be pre-booked in advance from the link below to ensure that we can monitor capacity and safety.

Sessions available are:

  • 10am–12pm
  • 12.30–2.30pm
  • 3–5pm

The Diner will also be open for hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Book your play time at Weehailes


During 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 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 the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by email: newhailes@nts.org.uk 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 17 Feb–19 Mar, Fri, Sat & Sun, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 15.00) Current period20 Mar–9 Oct, closed 10 Oct–25 Oct, daily, 10.00–17.00 (last entry 16.00) 26 Oct–31 Dec, closed
House

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

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec 2020, closed
Café, Shop & Reception

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec 2020, closed
Estate

1 Jan–22 Mar, daily 23 Mar–17 Jun, closed Current period18 Jun–31 Dec, daily

Entry prices

Weehailes Playpark
Child
£5.00
Adult
£1.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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