Penicuik House

The palatial ruins of a Palladian house ravaged by fire.

Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 9LA

Penicuik House in Midlothian

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Free for members
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
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Penicuik House is the finest and most influential example of Palladian architecture in Scotland. Built in the 1760s and devastated by fire in 1899, the once magnificent buildings has stood as a ruin for over 100 years.

It sits at the centre of an important 18th-century designed landscape, which together form an exceptional physical record of the artistic patronage of the Clerk Family.

Penicuik House and its immediate surroundings are now in the ownership of the Penicuik House Preservation Trust, and the 6 year project to consolidate this magnificent ruin and improve access to the surrounding estate is now complete.

The second phase of the project has now commenced and involves the conservation and repair of the many eye-catching built features in the designed landscape, including the Roman Bridge and Knightslaw Tower.

Opening Times


House ruin: All year round, tours available – see their website for further details.

Café: all year round, 7 days a week – 10am to 5pm.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


The designed landscape is open at all times.

No charge is made for access to Penicuik House or the designed landscape but donations from visitors are most welcome.

Group Visits

Group visits can be offered including guided walks in the designed landscape and in the consolidated Penicuik House.

For more information please contact the Head Ranger by email at

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for the latest information.

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