Hopetoun House is a grand estate set on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The 6,500 acres of land is glorious at any time of the year, but extra special when the sun is shining. You can visit the house and gardens, or just the gardens to enjoy one of the nature walks. The House is open daily to visitors from Easter until the last weekend in September.
Originally built between 1699 – 1707 for the 1st Earl of Hopetoun, the house is now run by a trust, but is still lived in by the current Earl of Hopetoun and his family.
Inside the house, you get to experience how the wealthy family would have lived in the 1700s. There is a lot of gold amongst the magnificent interiors which also boast fine paintings and antique furniture. Some of the sections of the house are closed to the public, but this does not detract from the experience.
You do the tour at your own pace, but there are guides on hand to give you an introduction. Each room has an information card which is valuable in finding out what happened in each of the grand rooms. Even the butler’s pantry is amazing to see and imagine what hive of activity would have taken place hundreds of years ago.
Don’t forget to climb to the top of the spiral staircase which leads out onto the roof terrace for magnificent views out to the Firth of Forth and the Forth Bridges. The Stables Tearoom is also visible from here and is an excellent way to round off a visit.
A wide selection of snacks and more substantial meals are available amongst the usual coffee and tea selections, or you could treat yourself to a champagne afternoon tea. Hopetoun House also welcomes visitors to picnic in the grounds at their leisure.
Buy a season ticket for the grounds and enjoy the wonderful walks.
Opening dates and times: Hopetoun House and Grounds are open daily from 22nd April to 25th September 2011 from 10.30am – 5.00pm (last admission 4pm) Groups can book by appointment all the year round.
House and Grounds: Adult £9.20 Child (5 – 16 years) £4.90 Pensioner/Student £8.00 Groups (20+) £8.00 Family £25.00 Registered disabled £4.90
Grounds Only: Adult £4.25 Child (5 – 16 years) £2.50 Pensioner/Student £3.70 Family £11.50 Registered disabled £2.50
Grounds Season Tickets: Individual Ticket (admits 1) £20 Couples Ticket (admits 2) £30 Family Ticket (admits 2+2) £35. These offer great value for money as you can use them as often as you wish during the visitor season. They also allow you to join in the ranger activities free of charge.
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Suitable for disabled? Concession tickets are available for those registered disabled. There is designated parking, wheelchair loan, a lift to the main floor of the house and interactive digital access to the upper floor. Assistance dogs are welcome. The Tearoom is accessible, as are the bathrooms.