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.
Thursday 29th March – Monday 2nd April
Thursday 12th – Monday 16th July
Thursday 26th – Monday 30th July
Thursday 2nd – Monday 6th August
Thursday 23rd – Monday 27th August
The main gates and house open at 1pm with the first tour starting at 1.15pm followed by 2pm, 2.30pm, the last tour is at 3.15pm.
Gosford House is located off the A198 2m north-east of Longriddry, 16m east of Edinburgh.
Historic Houses members visit for free.
OAPs and Students £5.00
There is no requirement to book in advance unless groups are of eight or more.