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Discover 300 years of Scottish history through this magnificent and carefully conserved neo-Palladian villa. Newhailes is famed for having some of the finest rococo interiors in Scotland.

There are sumptuous decorative details at every turn, from the gilded eagles over the drawing room windows to the exquisite Chinese wallpaper and imposing Italian marble fireplaces.

A major part of the house’s charm is its mellow feel. Newhailes has been allowed to grow old gracefully through a pioneering conservation policy which does ‘as much as is necessary, but as little as possible’ to keep the house in good order without disturbing its ‘untouched’ atmosphere.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Estate: all year, daily, dawn to dusk.

House (by guided tour only):
25 Mar to 30 Jun Thu-Mon, 12-5
1 Jul to 31 Aug, Daily, 12-5
1 Sep to 30 Sep Thur-Mon, 12-5
1 Oct to 30 Oct Sat-Sun, 11-4

Shop, Cafe, Visitor Centre and Plant Sales:
25 Mar to 30 Jun Thur-Mon 11-5
1 Jul to 31 Aug, Daily, 11-5
1 Sep to 30 Sep Thu-Mon 11-5
1 Oct to 30 Oct Sat-Sun, 11-4

House Tours: 75 mins.
12 noon, 1pm, 2pm (45-minute family tour)

Admission charges


Member: FREE

House Tour
Adult: £12.50
Concession: £9.00
Family: £29.50
1 Parent Family:£23.00

Family Tour
Adult: £9.00
Concession: £6.50
Family: £22.00
1 Parent Family: £17.00

Pay and Display £2


  • National Trust

Additional info

The Visitor Centre, shop, cafe and toilets are all on one level.

Wheelchair users can make use of the dedicated parking spaces 30 yards 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 principal 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.

A large-print copy of the audio-visual script is available.

Audio copy of the tour available.

Induction loop for main audio-visual presentation and at reception desk.

Induction loop for tour available on request.

Explanatory text: Dutch, French, German, Italian

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Newhailes autumn talk

Autumn Talks 2016

  • 13 October — 15 December 2016 *on now

This year Newhailes, one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s “mansions of the mind”, is launching the first in a series of public talks programmes, aimed at the general public and delivered by expert and engaging speakers from both within and outwith the National Trust for Scotland.

The talks each will touch on a topic of importance to Newhailes but will take in wider historical and cultural issues along the way. Each talk will end with an opportunity to ask the speaker questions over a complimentary glass of wine.

Thu 13 October
“Dreaded and Detested”? The Dalrymple family and the law of Scotland
(Mark McLean, Learning Officer, Newhailes)

Thu 27 October
Newhailes: Exploring the 1797 Inventory
(Ian Gow, Chief Curator Emeritus, the National Trust for Scotland)

Thu 10 November
“Two Syllables Only”: Feuds and frictions within the Scottish Enlightenment
(Mark McLean, Learning Officer, Newhailes)

Thu 24 November
Paper Obsessions: Books and Book Collectors in Enlightenment Scotland
(Kelsey Jackson Williams, University of St Andrews)

Thu 1 December
Fashion and Function: costume and textiles from the Dalrymple family collection
(Emma Inglis, Curator, National Trust for Scotland)

Thu 15 December
From Castles to Camels: historic Scottish silver, its makers and marks
(George Dalgleish, formerly Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland)

- Tickets are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

- All talks take place at the Newhailes Visitor Centre on Thursdays at 6pm prompt and the evenings conclude at 7.30pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+


- Purchase tickets to all 6 talks for a discounted price of £40
- Individual tickets are £8 per person


Newhailes Christmas

Winter Holly Days at Newhailes

  • 10 — 18 December 2016

Join us this Christmas season for two weekends of festive fun for all ages.

Newhailes’ Courtyard will be awash with musical sounds of carols, brass bands and solo performances filling you with festive joy.

Our café will be well stocked with fresh baked seasonal treats – with a good selection of allergen free cakes and traybakes.

Families can follow the Christmas Trail to solve the Christmas riddle, and then make some festive crafts. Be sure to book a space to visit Santa’s Grotto and bring your Christmas Wish List with you!

Some featured room in Newhailes House will be decorated for Christmas - join us for stories of Fairy Tales and Winter Wonder.

Get creative and attend one of our workshops that will teach you how to make your very own Christmas Wreath or Centrepieces using Newhailes foliage.

Finally pick up a lovely Christmas gift for a loved one or something special for yourself. Give the gift of a Lifetime of Adventure by purchasing a gift membership - and receive complimentary tea/coffee and cake for yourself and the recipient.

Entrance to the Visitor Centre, Stables Courtyard and Shop is free. Other activities incur a fee, please see our events page for more information.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Entrance to the Visitor Centre, Stables Courtyard and Shop is free. Other activities incur a fee, please see our events page for more information.


East Lothian
EH21 6RY




0131 6535599

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