Hopetoun House

Type:Historic House / Palace

South Queensferry, Edinburgh, West Lothian, EH30 9SL

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Situated on the shores of the Firth of Forth, it is one of the most splendid examples of the work of Scottish architects Sir William Bruce and William Adam. The interior of the house, with opulent gilding and classical motifs, reflects the aristocratic grandeur of the early 18th Century, whilst its magnificent parkland has fine views across the Forth to the hills of Fife. The house is approached from the Royal Drive, used only by members of the Royal Family, notably King George IV in 1822 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1988. Hopetoun is really two houses in one, the oldest part of the house was designed by Sir William Bruce and built between 1699 and 1707. It shows some of the finest examples in Scotland of carving, wainscotting and ceiling painting.\nIn 1721 William Adam started enlarging the house by adding the magnificent façade, colonnades and grand State apartments which were the focus for social life and entertainment in the 18th Century. The house is set in 100 acres of rolling parkland including fine woodland walks, the red deer park, the spring garden with a profusion of wild flowers, and numerous picturesque picnic spots. Hopetoun has been home of the Earls of Hopetoun, later created Marquesses of Linlithgow, since it was built in 1699 and in 1974 a charitable trust was created to preserve the house with its historic contents and surrounding landscape for the benefit of the public for all time.

Private functions, special events, antiques fairs, concerts, Scottish gala evenings, conferences, wedding ceremonies and receptions, grand piano, helicopter landing. No smoking or flash photography in house. Corporate Hospitality/Functions: Receptions, gala dinners. Suitablity for the Disabled: Suitable. WCs. Refreshments/Cafe/Tearoom: Licensed. Guided Tours: Obligatory. By arrangement. Parking: Close to the house for cars and coaches. Book if possible, allow 1-2hrs for visit (min). Education/School Visits: Special tours of house and/or grounds for different age/interest groups. Suitability for Dogs: No dogs in house, on leads in grounds.



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Event venue
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Meeting rooms
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Outdoor activities

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking

Payment Methods

  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided tours


Opening Times

* Summer Easter - End Sept; Daily, 10.30am-5pm. Last admission 4pm. Winter By appointment only for Groups (20+).

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