Explore 2,000 years of history around this splendid house, from occupying Romans to the Industrial Revolution.
The grounds are open year-round and are free to visit and no booking required. If you would like to see inside Kinneil House, please book a guided tour. Entry to the house is free, but all visits must be booked in advance to guarantee entry (this includes Historic Scotland Members).
Built next to the Antonine Wall, Kinneil House was the chief seat of the powerful and wealthy Hamilton family. Subject to extensions and refurbishments over 300 years, it reflected the Hamiltons’ high status both inside and out.
The house has a good claim to being the birthplace of the improved steam engine. The pioneering Scots engineer James Watt developed his first engine in a small workshop here in the 1700s.
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