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Gosford House, the seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March, is set in 5,000 acres of combined coast and parkland in East Lothian on the south side of the Firth of Forth and close to the celebrated golf courses of Muirfield, Gullane and Craigielaw.

The property is dominated by Gosford House, an imposing neo-classical mansion which was one of the last great architectural commissions of the celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam. Constructed for the seventh Earl of Wemyss, the building was completed in 1800 – eight years after the architect’s death – and is recognised as an outstanding example of the later period of his work.

Inside, the building exceeds the expectations raised by its elegant exterior. The Marble Hall, in the south wing, is arguably the most arresting of its many fine features. It was completed in 1891 by William Young for the tenth Earl of Wemyss and rises to a height of three storeys, with a magnificent double staircase leading to a surrounding picture gallery. The elaborate fireplace, alabaster colonnades and ornate plasterwork reflect the strong Italianate taste of the tenth Earl, while the Palladian screen of Venetian windows  are reminiscent of Adam’s original designs.

Today’s opening hours

22 - 26 August


The house will be open to the public in 2019 on the following dates:

18-22 July

1-5 August

9-13 August

22-26 August

There is no requirement to book. For groups of eight or more please contact caroline@gosfordhouse.co.uk for details of private tours.

The main gates open just before 12pm with the first tour starting at 12pm followed by 1pm, 1.45pm and the final tour at 2.45pm.

We are delighted to announce that each tour of the house has now been extended to one and a half hours. This is to accommodate several new rooms and corridors on the tour. The maximum number per tour is now 15 people as some of these new areas are limited in space. The ticket also acts as your permit to the grounds for the afternoon.

Please note the main gates to Gosford House close promptly at 4.45pm. All vehicles should be off site by then.

Visitors are asked to note the following requests:

  • NO photographs are allowed to be taken inside the house.
  • NO bags are allowed into the house. There is a cloakroom for bags although we would advise you leave them locked in your car.

Please Note: The house has very limited disabled access and part of the tour requires climbing stairs.

For queries regarding day permits, private tours and public open days please call 01875 870808 or e-mail caroline@gosfordhouse.co.uk

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Gosford House is located off the A198 2m north-east of Longriddry, 16m east of Edinburgh.


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £8.00
OAPs and Students £5.00

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Group Visits
Group Visits

For groups of eight or more please contact caroline@gosfordhouse.co.uk for details of private tours.


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