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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 Newhailes – 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.

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.

Pre-booking: Weehailes Play Park

We have set up a pre-booking system to make your time at the play park easier and safer. Ticket numbers are capped each day, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Book your ticket now

We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the play park.

Pre-booking: House tours

We have set up a pre-booking system to make your tour around the house easier and safer. Ticket numbers are capped each day, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Book your ticket now

We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the house.

Outdoor theatre performances

Little Red and The Big Bad Wolf
Saturday 3 July

Join us for an exciting evening of family theatre, with Newhailes House as your backdrop. Filled with live music, colourful characters and puppetry, this wonderful family musical has something for everyone!

Book your ticket now

The Tempest
Saturday 17 July

Folksy’s wonderful production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic.

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Treasure Island
Wednesday 21 July

Join plucky Jim Hawkins and his swashbuckling buccaneer crew in this exciting new adaptation of the classic pirate adventure.

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Farmers’ markets

These take place on the third weekend of every month and feature a fantastic selection of stalls.

Check our Facebook page for a full list of traders.

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. Please click on the Dogs Welcome facility below for more information about walking your dog at Newhailes.

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: 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.

Our new takeaway ice cream and coffee shop, The Dairy, is open 7 days from 10am–5pm.

Children’s activities

Where can my dog go?
We welcome dogs in large parts of the grounds, including the woodland, field parameters and fields in Lodge Park.
Our 86-acre estate is the perfect place to explore with your four-legged friend. However, please bear in mind that we have working farm fields on the estate.
Please keep your dog on a lead if agricultural equipment is being used in the fields.
Within the gated visitor area, Stables courtyard and café, dogs must be on a short lead.

Where can’t my dog go?
We allow assistance dogs only in the shop, house and playpark. Please make sure your assistance dog is wearing their identity harness.

What do I need to be aware of at Newhailes Estate?
Pick up after your pup: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful. 
Keep a lookout: for information signs and vehicles or machinery on site.
Be aware: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Clearing up
Please help to keep the estate lovely by picking up after your dog. There are waste bins located in the car park, at both entrances and inside the gated visitor area.

Facilities available for my dog
We have water bowls outside the café and playpark. Dogs are welcome inside the café on a short lead, and there is also outdoor seating by the café within our Stables courtyard.

Car park
There’s very little shade in our car park, so please don’t leave your dog in the car on a hot day. Don’t forget – you can take your dog into most of the grounds and across the estate, so there’s no need for them to miss out.

Explore and have fun!

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.

Weehailes, our adventure play park, has been specially developed for younger children and is themed on the Newhailes story.

Weehailes is designed for children aged 3–12 but children aged 0–15 are admitted.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 16 or over. An adult can supervise up to 6 children. We can admit a maximum of 2 adults per child.


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 (please pre-book via the booking link in the Planning Your Visit section)

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–1 Apr, closed Current period2 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–16.00 1 Nov–31 Mar 2022, closed

Pre-bookable tours only.

1 Jan–29 Apr, closed Current period30 Apr–31 Oct, Wed, Fri & Sat, pre-bookable tours 1 Nov–31 Mar 2022, closed
The Dairy ice cream and coffee shop

Takeaway only

1 Jan–30 Apr, closed Current period1 May–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–17.00 1 Nov–31 Dec, closed
Café and shop

1 Jan–4 May, closed Current period5 May–31 Oct, Wed–Sun, 09.00–17.00 1 Nov–31 Dec, closed

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk

Entry prices

Weehailes Playpark
House tour
One adult family
Child (under 5s free)

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50

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