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Home to the Dundas family for nearly 450 years, Arniston is a 6,000+ acre estate nestled just 11 miles from Edinburgh.

Featuring a magnificent William Adam Palladian style Mansion House, Arniston is proud to offer guests a guided tour with family members to learn more about the architect, the local history and of course, the Dundas family heritage.

The beautiful gardens are available to tour as well on open days.

Guests are invited to share a glimpse of the past and embrace the wonders of nature that surround the house.

This peaceful, tranquil setting makes a trip to Arniston a great day out.

Today’s opening hours

July to mid September: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Grounds: Noon to 5pm



May to June: Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

July to mid September: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

House guided tours only: 2pm and 3.30pm

Grounds: Noon to 5pm

Find Us
Find us

Located 11 miles from Edinburgh on the A7. Turn south off the A7 onto the B6372 at the Gorebridge junction, the main entrance is 1 mile from the A7.

By Rail: Gorebridge train station is on the Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverly line and is a 2 mile walk to Arniston, It is advisable to pre-book a taxi if required

By Bus: The nearest bus stop to Arniston is a 2 mile walk from the house. The stop is the last stop on the route called Birkenside. From the A7 follow the signs for Arniston House on the B6372 to the house.


Car park on site

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Parking is available and is free for Historic Houses members when visiting the property for free.


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Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £7
Concession: £6 
Under 12: £3 
Family (2 adults, 2 children): £17

  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group bookings for parties of 10-40 are available year-round and are offered outside the normal public tour times.

In addition to offering your group a private tour you can also book catering services for teas. 

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A word from the owner

Mrs Dundas-Bekker is a resident owner. She is often out tending to the gardens, walking the dogs and is an active participant in all of the tours of her ancestral home. With the benefit of detailed archives and journals, she is able to share stories and anecdotes directly passed down directly to her from her ancestors.

Fun Facts

The Dundas family have made their fortunes and impact on society in the Law. With two ancestors as Presidents of the Court of Session, the Dundases are a prominent historical legal family.

The house features a world class art collections with pieces by Raeburn, Nasmyth and many more. Collections of china, period furniture and an extensive archive Arniston is sure to have something for everyone.


There are few places in Scotland, much less the world, like Arniston Estate.

Offering a peaceful, timeless setting for your wedding, Arniston is conveniently located a mere 11 miles from Edinburgh and yet feels a million miles from the rest of the world.

Steeped in nearly 450 years of history and tradition, the strength of character of Arniston House combined with the beauty of its parklands and gardens create a setting that is magical.

With 30 years of experience in the events and wedding industries, the Events Team at Arniston House deliver a world class service to their clients. With a passion for events and a commitment to the highest quality and excellence, we provide a complete range of services from a small, intimate affair to the most lavish of gatherings.

Every couple is unique and each event receives our exclusive attention to detail, ensuring nothing is left to chance. Our Event Team strive to spend quality time with each client to ensure their vision and dream is realized in intricate detail. Working with outstanding professionals, award winning in their industries, helps our team to ensure that your celebration exceeds your expectations and lives on in your hearts and minds as the day of your dreams.

Our approach is simple, to listen to the client and develop an event plan that is customized to meet their style and personalities. With a range of event packages available, we can provide a service specific to your needs from simple organization on the day to a fully comprehensive wedding coordination service.


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  • Guest parking
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner


Arniston Estate currently has four delightful holiday cottages available to rent.

Visitors enjoy the best of both worlds staying in beautiful grounds in the tranquil countryside, but central Edinburgh is just short trip away.

Nearby there is Vogrie Country Park, Rosslyn Chapel, Temple Village, The Scottish Mining Museum and, for biking enthusiasts, Glentress Biking Trails all within easy access.

Local pubs, restaurants, cafes, a spa and shops are all a short drive away. An 11 mile trip to Edinburgh’s first class art galleries and museums, the capital’s eclectic mix of restaurants and bars plus its boutique shopping experience all adds up to a great day out. Alternatively fishing or a private tour of the house can be booked on request.

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Arniston Estate is a 6,000+ acre, working estate that has been in the Dundas family since the 16th century. The iconic William Adam mansion house is an idyllic location for events set amongst the beautiful gardens, parklands and vast expanse of woodlands, meadows and farm land.

We offer a range of flexible options for corporate events from Executive board meetings to product launches or full day, teambuilding & training days.

A careful mixture of fully modern tools offered in a historic, majestic setting made available on a fully exclusive basis ensures your event exceeds your goals.

Our team will work with you and your business using a systematic, organized approach for each area of the event, ensuring that nothing is left to chance. This creates an effective experience that inspires, educates and motivates your guests, team and stakeholders.

We work with consummate professionals, outstanding in their industries, allowing us to provide the ideal event, from start to finish.

The Arniston House event team is your full service, corporate meeting and special events partner.. Our focus and commitment is to help you use events to achieve your strategic business goals. Using your vision as our inspiration, we work with you to manage every detail so that your experience is seamless and your event is flawless.



  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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