Overview

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.


Opening
Opening

2020

Gosford House is yet to publish their 2020 opening dates. Please visit their website below to find out the latest information.

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

Find Us
Find us

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

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £8.00
OAPs and Students £5.00

More admission details

Group Visits
Group Visits

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

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

BREATHE IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF A BYGONE ERA

Gosford House is available for a limited number of wedding receptions each year. The house is ideal for hosting larger wedding receptions, making full use of the magnificent two tier Marble Hall along with the south and west exterior balconies. The main Dining Room seats up to 100 guests with the adjoining Octagon Room able to seat a further 48 guests in equally wonderful surroundings.

Where numbers are likely to exceed 150 guests we are able to position a marquee adjacent to the house where your guests will still have free flowing access to the public rooms via the rear steps throughout the duration of the reception.


Opening
Opening

2020

Gosford House is yet to publish their 2020 opening dates. Please visit their website below to find out the latest information.

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

Find Us
Find us

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

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £8.00
OAPs and Students £5.00

More admission details

Group Visits
Group Visits

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

Other opening

ESTATE

For those wishing to walk around Gosford Policies and Grounds you are invited to do so by buying a permit. Gosford House, the policies, gardens and grounds are private so we appreciate your co-operation with adhering to the requests below.

Dogs must be kept on leads during the months of March to August so they do not interfere with wildlife breeding and nesting and are under close control for the rest of the year.

Please note bikes should not be ridden around the Gosford Policies or Grounds.

Gosford House, the stables and all the houses within the Gosford Policies are occupied. Please respect the privacy of those living and working on the estate by keeping a respectful distance away and not accessing the enclosed gardens or terraces.

Permits
Access to walk within Gosford Policies requires a permit. Permits can be obtained from the Wemyss and March estate office or from the Gosford Bothy Farm Shop.

ACCESS AND PARKING

On public open days or for private tours, access to the house is from the main gates on the coast road between Aberlady and Longniddry.

Parking is available for visitors in the courtyard. In keeping with the natural surroundings, this is gravel-surfaced.

There is a bus stop at the gates of the House. It is serviced by East Coast busses 124, 125, X5 and X24.

Outwith the open days, these remain accessible for residents only.


Fun Facts

Between the two great wars, the House was used as a hotel. During World War II, the British Army occupied the house, during which time part of the centre block was damaged by fire resulting from a party. Subsequent dry rot led to the roof being partly removed. It was re-roofed in 1987, and restoration of the central block is an ongoing process, which was progressed by Shelagh, Dowager Countess of Wemyss and March. The ponds in the policies were restored by James Charteris, 13th Earl of Wemyss who took over the family estate and title in December 2008 when his father died. Gosford can be seen from Edinburgh on a clear day. It is open to the public in the summer. The grounds contain an unusual and rare example of a Scottish curling house.