Arniston House

Historic Buildings & Homes

Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4RY

    Arniston House is a magnificent William Adam, Palladian style mansion house set in acres of beautiful parkland just 11 miles from Edinburgh. It has been home to the Dundas family for over 400 years. We invite you to come and visit us.

    The current family members, Althea Dundas-Bekker and her daughter, Henrietta Dundas will take you on a guided tour of their home which begins in the magnificent Hall with its elaborate stucco work by Joseph Enzer among many other intriguing features. A brief background history will enable you to experience the house as it was and now is namely a grand Georgian mansion house but also remaining a family home.

    The House

    Other principle rooms on the tour include John Adam’s Dining Room and Drawing Room which are now restored having been gutted due to dry rot in the 1950s. The oldest room in the house is the atmospheric Oak Room where hangs portraits of past generations of the family. The house boasts two Library’s from different eras and one with a secret door! The original William Adam Library is now home to an extensive collection of ceramics including Meissen and Sevres sets and a Bealby glass. The portrait room at the top of the house has an impressive collection of paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn and Romney.

    The Grounds

    Visitors are encouraged to walk in the tranquil grounds. The policies make for a romantic setting among ancient Beech, Lime and Oak Trees. The Sunken Garden which is a pleasant walk across the policies gives the chance to admire the south façade of the house in all its glory. To the North, Arniston looks over to Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh or Auld Reekie in the distance.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2016
    6 May 2016 - 14 Sep 2016
    Day Times
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 14:00 17:00
    Wednesday 14:00 17:00
    Thursday Closed
    Friday Closed
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday 14:00 17:00

    May and June - Tuesday and Wednesday with tours leaving at 2.00pm and 3.30pm.

    June to 14 September - Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday with tours leaving at 2.00pm and 3.30pm.


    • Public Toilet Facilities These are situated outside the house and are sign posted.

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden The grounds are open from 12.00pm to 5.00pm only on open days.

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Parking


    • Level Access Initially by ramp and then a lift access to ground floor rooms only.


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome We accept private pre booked groups throughout the year out with our normal open times. Please contact us for details. We accept private groups from 10 to 50 people and can also offer a set tea and home baking.
    • No Pets Allowed no pets allowed in the house.

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • Religious Ceremony

    Road Directions

    By Road

    From the south – A7 turn left onto the B6372 which is sign posted Penicuik and Temple, Arniston is the second turning on the right 1 mile from the A7.

    From the north – A7 turn right onto the B6372 which is sign posted Penicuik and Temple, Arniston is the second turning on the right 1 mile from the A7.

    Arniston is about 35 minutes from central Edinburgh.


    Public Transport Directions

    By Bus

    The nearest bus stop to Arniston is a pleasant 2 mile walk from the house. The stop is the last on the route called Birkenside. From the A7 follow the brown house signs on the B6372. For up to date times please contact Lothian Buses: 0131 555 6363 or

    Transport within Scotland

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    Journey Planner

    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the steps

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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