Dalkeith Country Park

Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Dalkeith Country Park Reviews: 4/5

Dalkeith Country Park
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Dalkeith Country Park is a stunning destination just a few miles from Edinburgh's city centre. Home to the award-winning Restoration Yard Store, Restaurant and Wellbeing Lab plus Fort Douglas Adventure Play Park, there is something for all ages to enjoy a truly special day out. Enjoy brunch and lunch in The Kitchen, a play in Fort Douglas or shop Restoration Yard's beautiful collections from ladies fashion to homeware, the Foodhall, stationary, books, kids, accessories, menswear, kids toys, furniture and more. Pick up a map and head out on one of our many waymarked walking trails along the river and in ancient woodlands. As a result of Covid-19 please ensure you book online before visiting Fort Douglas or The Kitchen and bring your mask for any indoor areas. We have one-way systems in place, hand sanitiser stations, more regular cleaning, perspex screens and further measures to help keep everyone safe at this time.
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2-3 hours
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401 reviews
Very good

Edinburgh, UK33 contributions
Not as good as before
Oct 2021 • Family
They now charge for the car park and the cafe has been replaced by an overpriced, overcrowded take away!
So park elsewhere and bring your own food unless your going to the restaurant!
Written October 3, 2021
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Edinburgh, UK294 contributions
Disappointing Parking Charges
Sep 2021
Disappointing to find out that Dalkeith Country Park has introduced parking charges. I totally understand that there is maintenance costs to pay etc, however, we went for lunch so contributed in some way to the upkeep of the property.
£3 is a lot when a few of you are meeting and coming from different areas where you cannot car share. It is also expensive for pensioners / people out of work - so perhaps a thought might be to refund the £3 if you are eating in the restaurant.
Unfortunately my husband has suggested that we won't go back as we can meet friends for a coffee or for lunch somewhere that doesn't charge for parking.
Disappointing really.
Written September 10, 2021
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110 contributions
Car park extortion and poor servive
Sep 2021 • Friends
£3 parking is a disgrace.. especially when the pay hut shut a few mins after we arrived! Car parking area does not justify the cost.

Was booked to restaurant but cancelled due to feeling miffed off. Tried to buy an overpriced bottle of water to be left in a queue for 10 min whilst staff chatted to other customers, aware the queue was building.

Really rated this place before. Won’t go back.
Written September 8, 2021
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Edinburgh, UK127 contributions
What a park
Jul 2021
So much to see and do and suitable for all ages. Tea room was great and lots of different routes to explore
Written August 29, 2021
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Glasgow, UK75 contributions
Average really, won’t be in a hurry to return
Aug 2021 • Family
Visited Fort Douglas with my 11, 7 and 4 year old on a Friday afternoon in Scottish term time; please note that peak prices are charged when English schools are still on holiday but Scottish schools are back.

The park is well laid out, and for the most part was clean. However there was at least one area that wasn’t accessible due to it being broken, which isn’t great given the price of admission to Fort Douglas, and the tractors in the toddler area were pretty worn out and there weren’t enough to go round. None of the catering facilities at the play park were open either, being open on weekend days only. If people are paying the same on a Friday in peak times as they would on a Saturday in peak times, are they not entitled to the same level of service? This made it impossible for me to grab a coffee, as rounding up three kids mid-play and walking back to the Restoration Yard was not an attractive option. I overheard another two parents complaining to each other that there was nowhere to buy coffee etc. I wonder how much revenue is lost by parents not bothering to leave the park to buy snacks and coffee?

We visited on a lovely summer day, which was fortunate as there are no areas for shelter should it be raining or you get a shower or two. This is particularly tricky given that you book in advance and cannot change the date of your booking if the weather is inclement, and living in Scotland means that the likelihood of rain is high! Bookings can only be changed if Dalkeith Country Park consider the conditions to be a Force Majeur Event. I also think that there should be some kind of gate at the entrance to the park, where the bridge is, as there was nothing really stopping kids from leaving the park unattended.

Once it was time to leave, we walked back to the car via the Restoration Yard, to buy some ice cream, but we were left disappointed that when we got there are 4:54pm, they had closed, despite being advertised as open until 5pm. So there were two occasions when we were willing to spend more money (coffee and ice cream) but it seemed that Dalkeith Country Park weren’t too interested in being able to facilitate that.

My three enjoyed playing here, but no more than they would at any other parks we’ve been to. I’m not 100% sure that we’d return, and if we were to it wouldn’t be in peak times to reduce the cost a little. We also paid £3 car parking charge which seems pretty steep.
Written August 28, 2021
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Alison C
Vera, Spain16 contributions
No Custonrr focus won't be back
Aug 2021 • Family
I have not had 2 experiences where I have felt that customers are not a priority for this organisation and would therefore not be prepared to entertain any of their services again. They recently added a parking charge which is designed Inbelieve to allow them to improve the parking in the future. I regularly walk my dog there, well I used to, and I was happy to pay the charge when going there for that purpose. I was however not impressed when we had to pay a parking charge when we visited to take my 2 year old grandson to Fort Douglas. We paid entry to the park, we also purchased 3 hot drinks and then had our lunch which had been reserved I did write to say I was not impressed that we had to pay for parking under the circumstances but they said that was their rules. We then booked a weekend camping and Fort Douglas again but due to the weather we didn't go. I emailed in advance and asked what we can do about the Fort Douglas tickets and after waiting 2 weeks, got a response to apologise for the delay and told they didn't offer refunds. I wasn't asking for a refund of the camping price, just to be able to take my Grandson to Fort Douglas another time, surely not a big ask. I for one will not be going back there, plenty other more customer focused places where I would be happy to spend my money.
Written August 19, 2021
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Melrose, UK28 contributions
Fun with our Grandchikdren
Jul 2021 • Family
Previously visited Dalkeith Country Park to shop and have coffee ( although with the intro of a parking charge I won’t be doing that so often as I’d like to! ) however on the two recent occasions it was to have fun with our Grandchildren at Go Ape and Fort Douglas. Both visits a huge success, the older three loved Go Ape and the following week the younger two loved Fort Douglas. The thing that I loved most about Fort Douglas was that dogs were not permitted. Thank goodness, as I’m fed up exhorting my Grandchildren to watch where they’re putting their feet and not to roll on the grass etc. in play parks. Besides a couple of them have a fear of dogs. If there is a downside to Dalkeith Country Park it is the amount of dogs there and not always with well behaved owners! Perhaps Park Rangers to advice would be the answer?
Written August 3, 2021
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Linlithgow, UK40 contributions
Great Day out for the family
Jul 2021
We went to take our 4 year old to the adventure playground, it was pre booking only on line with fixed 3 hour slots 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm (COVID) the park was great with lots for our son to do, he at 4 1/2 is getting a bit big for some stuff but again slighly small for the 5+ equipment. A good selection of snacks and drinks at the kiosk. All staff were very friendly and helpful. A bell is sounded at just before 1pm and everyone must leave, no staying on at the picnic table allowed. I presume this gives staff to check / clean equipment and re-stock etc as required. After our slot we went to thee Restoration Yard and had a nice refreshment sitting utside at a table beside the restaurant.
Written July 24, 2021
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Edinburgh, UK56 contributions
Worth visiting
May 2021
This absolutely stunning country park is set in Midlothian, near Edinburgh, and I have been visiting it for a few years now, mainly for walking.

It is a great place both for walkers and families, given that there is a huge park where people can take kids, and there are also a few cafes and gift shops.

For me, the nature is the main attraction, and this is why this lovely place is one of my favourite walks. I sometimes see deer running around, and have also seen rabbits. This country park also encompasses quite a wide area, so you could potentially get at least a couple of hours walk out of it.

If you are a walker, or even just someone who wants a nice day out with the family, I really recommend this lovely place.
Written July 22, 2021
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Stephen B
Aberdeen, UK215 contributions
Great place for the kids
Jul 2021 • Family
The pay to enter kids play area is bags of fun. Something for all ages. All very well made and sturdy too. Had to book for a specific timeslot which you could only stay for the allocated time which made it a little less flexible for us. With a 20 month old, flexibility is key! I'm not sure if this is a covid thing or normal practice.

Overall a fun experience. Would have given 5 stars but their kiosk selling food was quite expensive. They should also have free water fountains instead of offering small bottles of water for £1.
Written July 16, 2021
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