The Out About Scotland complete guide to Hopetoun House
What’s this attraction all about?
Hopetoun House and Grounds are situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh near Queensferry in West Lothian and they’ve been a dominant feature on the landscape for hundreds of years. This magnificent house was built in the late 1600s for the Hope family who built their wealth from their ownership of lead mines, and the present lord Hopetoun and his family still reside in the south wing.
The stately home is considered by many to be one of the finest in Scotland and the interior is filled with stunning collections of paintings, tapestries and furniture, which reside in rooms that have remained virtually unchanged for over three hundred years.
The house and grounds are a popular venue for loads of events throughout the year and there always seems to be something going on, whether it’s an Easter egg hunt, a ramble through the snowdrops, an arts and crafts event or a fireworks spectacular. Keep an eye on the Hopetoun House events page for further details.Read more...
The history of the attraction
The house was originally built between 1699 to 1701 using a design from the celebrated architect Sir William Bruce and was extensively extended between 1721 to 1748 into the building that we see today. The Hope family had acquired the land on which the house and grounds sit in the 1600s, and they subsequently oversaw several modifications during the following years. Although the most impressive internal feature is the grand entrance hall which dates from 1752, it’s the outside panoramic view of the main facade that impresses most visitors.
The wealth of the Hope family can be seen everywhere you look, and this includes the garden park which was landscaped in 1725 and remains much the same today as it was back then, and even includes a beautiful walled garden. On a summers day there’s nothing more relaxing than taking a gentle stroll around these magnificent grounds.
What can you do there?
The house is now under the management of the Hopetoun House Preservation Trust who allow visitors to explore the house during the summer months. Guided tours are available seven days a week and there’s no need to book in advance so you’re able to continue your adventure into the beautiful grounds at your leisure. Many activities and events are put on throughout the year including music recitals and art exhibitions, and the house is also a popular destination for weddings and corporate events.
Both children and adults will love exploring the gardens where a diverse range of wildlife can be found roaming around the 100 acres of fields and woodland. Maps are available to guide you through the many routes that have been laid out, and these are especially useful in summer when the grounds are awash with carpets of wildflowers. There’s even a herd of deer to watch in the deer park and a hectic day of exploring can be rounded off perfectly with a relaxing picnic by the pond.
One of the favourite draws to Hopetoun House is the Stables Kitchen where high-quality Scottish cuisine is served in a modernised stable block that was originally built in the 18th century. The seasonal food is sourced from local ingredients and is used in traditional afternoon teas as well as delicious main meals. You can book tables for lunch via the Hopetoun House website.
What I liked about this attraction
- The grounds are really good for walks
- The tea room is top-notch
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- The house isn’t open in winter
- Individual tickets are a bit pricey (although the season ticket is good value)
For Sat Nav use postcode EH30 9RW which will take you into South Queensferry to Farquhar Terrace. From there you will be able to follow the brown tourist information signs to Hopetoun and it is a straight road onwards from that point.
Prices and opening times
House and Grounds
|Family (2 + 2)||£28.00||£14.00|
House and Grounds Season Ticket
The season tickets can be used as often as you like during the visitor season.
- Individual Ticket (admits 1) £24.00
- Couples Ticket (admits 2) £34.00
- Family Ticket (admits 2 + 2) £44.00
Car parking at Hopetoun House is free of charge with the exception of large public events where additional charges may apply.
Opening times (2019):
Hopetoun House will re-open to visitors daily from 10.30am – 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm) from Friday 19th April 2019 through until Sunday 29th September 2019.