Historic Buildings & Homes

Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RY

    This fine historic house, set in a fascinating designed landscape, is something of a time-capsule.

    Newhailes is a 17th-century villa, later significantly added to by the Dalrymple family, who were influential figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.

    It is an amazing survival story of early 18th century decorative interiors and collections, as the National Trust for Scotland has conserved and presented what history has left and visitors will see a mellow, rather than immaculately restored, house. It contains a fine collection of paintings and furniture, and much of the original decorative scheme, including Chinese hand-pained wallpaper.

    The house is set in an important 18th century designed landscape with woodland walks, open parkland, remains of water-gardens and built features including a shell grotto and classical summerhouse.

    A coffee house and shop are located in the visitor centre.

    5 Historic House
    Green Tourism Silver Taste Our Best
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    6 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    All year, Dawn to Dusk

    House, Visitor Centre, Shop and Café:
    2 April to 29 April, Thurs-Mon, 12-5
    1 July to 31 August, daily, 12-5
    3 September, Thurs-Mon, 12-5
    1 October to 31 October, Sat & Sun, 12-5


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Café available serving tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches, baked potatoes and a selection of Scottish handmade cakes and traybakes with a seating capacity of 26 indoors and 32 outdoors.


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop Shop available offering site-specific gifts including interesting wood-turned items made from Newhailes wood.


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point 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.
    • Parking


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • Hearing Loop Induction loop for main audio-visual presentation. Hearing loop system available on request.
    • Picnic Area

    Special Requirements

    • Dogs Welcome Dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads or under close control. Dogs must be on a lead near visitor facilities and in the car park.

    Public Transport Directions

    By road
    Newhailes is on Newhailes Road (A6095), Musselburgh

    By bus
    Lothian Buses number 30 comes to Newhailes Road (front gate) (200m from Newhailes) every 10 mins during the day and every 15 mins during the evening from Clovenstone, Balgreen, Princes Street West End, Prestonfield and Fort Kinnaird. Lothian Buses numbers 26 and 44 stop near the north gate through the estate from Edinburgh city centre.
    First Buses numbers 140 and 141 also stop nearby; tel 0871 200 2233.

    By train
    You can travel to Newcraighall Station by First ScotRail services, which run regularly from Waverley Station in Edinburgh. Newhailes is a 20-minute walk from Newcraighall Station along Newhailes Road.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    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
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

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

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