Hopetoun House
Hopetoun House
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Temporarily Closed. Hopetoun House & Grounds is now closed until 29 March 2024 Visit Hopetoun and discover a place of beauty, tranquillity and architectural magnificence dating from the 17th century. It has been home to the Hope Family since the late 1600’s and the present Lord Hopetoun and his family still live in Hopetoun House. Hopetoun House, a remarkable and beautiful stately home, is filled with stunning collections and sits in majestic grounds with nature trails and scenic walks.
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  • Sarah F
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great morning, relaxed tour
    We had a morning looking around the house and grounds - staff were very pleasant and knowledgeable. Whole experience was interesting and we left feeling happy. There is a relaxed feel to the experience - you can wander at will and ask questions in various parts of the house. We really enjoyed our morning there
    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are delighted you felt relaxed as this is what we aim to achieve with our visitors. You are being welcomed into a home and we want you to feel completely at ease. We hope you can visit again soon. Warm regards The Hopetoun House Team
    Written September 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Jill B
    Stirling, United Kingdom237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Absolutely stunning, what an impressive view of the house you get driving towards it, it really is something else Lots to see inside the house with information cards in every room. There are guided tours available but I just wandered round myself. Went to the cafe for soup which was delicious. The weather wasn't that great so I didn't manage a walk in the grounds so I will definitely be back for another look around the house and a walk round the grounds.
    Thank you for your wonderful feedback. Our café is managed by Heritage Portfolio and we will certainly share your feedback with them. Warm regards The Hopetoun House Team
    Written September 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Mark G
    66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing house and grounds esp for Outlander fans
    Amazing place to visit. House was interesting and we just made it for a guided tour. It was interesting but maybe a little longer than necessary. Incredibly country estate to explore too with interesting flora and fauna. We even saw a group of deer with a stag. Also interesting if an Outlander fan as parts of the house and grounds were used as filming locations. Use info guide to show the various places.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • travelinspiration
    Dallas, Texas355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit and guided tour!!
    Hopetoun well exceeded our expectations - partly due to the terrific 2pm guided tour we took last Sunday afternoon. The guide was wonderful and brought everything to life - took about 1 hour. The rooms are great, as is the history (even if not familiar with Outlander) and location superb. Great visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • darcesenior
    Christchurch, New Zealand10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A delightful visit. Fabulous volunteers.
    Took my 92 year old mother. What a delight this place is. The volunteers are so helpful and welcoming. A beautiful place, interesting to visit and accessable with disabilities. Thank you for a fabulous few hours.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • negativecamber
    Broadway, United Kingdom350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Imposing building
    What a delightful place to visit very imposing as you drive in, there is such a lot to see. After viewing the rooms we went on to the roof where you get some wonderful views of the grounds & the 3 Forth bridges. The grounds were also very interesting & as my wife is an Outlander fan we were able to see the different areas of filming. All in all a delightful visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Maria K
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tree-mendous guided walk!
    Went on the guided Tree-walk with my daughter around Hopetoun House. Guide for the group was the ranger Emma. It was a fantastic walk through the grounds and woodland and Emma had a lot of knowledge, not only about the trees but also about fungi and the house and grounds. She was approachable and funny and had time for everyone’s questions. I’ll probably go on other guided tours and I can warmly recommend a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 22, 2023
  • 715Sheila
    Perth, United Kingdom39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Christmas Market
    I visited Hopetoun House Christmas market today and what a fabulous day I had. Firstly I was met by very friendly welcoming staff at the ticket office who checked my online ticket (tickets can only be purchased online) and directed me to parking. There I was directed to a parking space by a young lady who clearly knew what she was doing. When I was on the forecourt a lady in hi viz directed me to the toilets and the best place to start the visit. The stalls had a great variation of products, all very reasonably priced. Because you were given a time slot to arrive but could stay as long as you wanted, there wasn’t huge crowds pushing their way past you. I had coffee and a sweet treat from a coffee truck outside which was lovely and there were chairs and tables available to sit under cover. The stalls were dotted around the house so it was lovely to see part of the house also. It was a beautiful day so I had a short walk in the gardens. Well done Hopetoun House, lots of very friendly staff on duty, very well organised, with a great variety of stalls to cater for every budget. I will definitely be back
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 24, 2023
  • Adviser
    Larbert, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas Fair well worth a visit. Just love this place.
    Again visited the Christmas Fair this year on Saturday, always a great start to Christmas. The entertainment was excellent and loads of fantastic exhibitors to choose from. A shout out to the ladies ensuring the café ran smoothly, great improvement to queues and being able to get a seat once you had your food. Well done guys. The food was lovely as always. Also love the banter with the guides. When I asked one where Santa was this year she went into a great story about issues in Lapland etc. that morning, what a hoot. It just adds to the enjoyment of the day. Don’t miss it next year if you get the chance.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 25, 2023
  • CLE68
    Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snowdrop Festival Weekend
    Special weekend opening for the Snowdrop Festival. Had a fantastic visit. The house is very impressive with lots to see and do. Guides very welcoming and knowledgeable. Grounds were lovely and the snowdrops spectacular. Nice cafe however I personally feel that it was overpriced for what you get and by 1pm there were few choices left for a snack/ lunch. Service in the cafe was slow although all the staff were very pleasant.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 17, 2024
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TT4N
Edinburgh, UK159 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Not so Wondrous, not very much to see, mainly lights along a pathway, a few pictures show mini displays and a few whispers in the trees. 3/4 way there is a coffee/hot chocolate/doughnut and marshmallow stop point with overpriced refreshments. The hot chocolate was more on the warm side instead of hot so did nothing to warm up and the doughnuts although freshly made were very greasy.

Small hot chocolate at £3.50 for an extra 50p its classed as luxury with cream and mini marshmallows added
Mini tub of candyfloss £4.00 which is available at pound shops for yup you guessed it £1
Ticket price for a family of 4 £55 which included parking

Extremely disappointed, do not recommend and will not return!
Written November 8, 2020
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Fim01
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Our group of 4 was greeted by a lovely lady at the entrance of the drive to Hopetoun House. She scanned our online tickets, directed us to the car park and told us where to wait for our tour. We did as instructed but on our way an old man shouted at our group and another family heading to the house. As he was a good distance away and we couldn’t make out what he was shouting about, we all stopped until he caught up with us. We were all questioned (very rudely) by him, why we there and if we had an appointment and how had we entered the grounds. Myself and the other group (who had young children with them) told him we had booked tickets online for entry to the house and grounds and had arrived by car. At this point he grumbled under his breath and said we had to check in at a hut which was in the car park and then stormed off with no apology. We all went to the hut but it was locked up. This was really not a good start! We guessed he must have been ‘Lord of the Manor’ disgruntled at having to sell out to commercialism to upkeep his stately home but by the family photos we saw in the house that doesn’t seem to be the case. The rest of the visit was average but we will not return or recommend after thIs display of disgraceful behaviour.
Written July 25, 2021
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Farg0n
Perth, UK12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This was the first time I had been to the Christmas Fair and it will most certainly be the last. First of all, normally when we go to a Christmas Fair we have the afternoon tea as well but due to the price of this one (£28pp) we opted not to as it was a total rip off.

The tickets themselves for the actual Fair were also quite expensive (£8.90) which included a £1.50 booking fee. The booking fee was per ticket, not per booking, so for 4 tickets the booking fee was £6!! They do however give a donation from each ticket to Trees but that is only 5p per ticket. Really?

Anyway, we opted to pay this as the Fair sounded good in that it advertised over 60 exhibitors - doubt there were that many. It certainly didn’t feel like it and they were quite expensive.

Also, there was supposed to be a ‘wonderful festive atmosphere and Christmas entertainment’. We were there on the Friday and there was no Christmas entertainment whatsoever and the only festive atmosphere if you could call it that was a Christmas Tree.

Stables Kitchen was quite expensive and slow. We waited in a queue for 35 minutes just for a £3.50 coffee in a paper cup. The advert also said there would be outdoor caterers when in fact there was only one!

This Fair was just like a Craft Fair that could be held at any time of the year (normally free or certainly a lot cheaper as they make their money from the stall holders) and certainly not like any Christmas Fair I have ever been to.
Written November 30, 2022
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Dear Farg0n Thank you for taking the time give us your feedback on our recent Christmas Shopping Fair. We value all feedback and are so sorry that your expectations weren’t met. All your points raised formed part of our debrief session and for the planning for 2023. Warm Regards The Hopetoun House Team
Written February 23, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dearn72
Falkirk, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Very enjoyable day out.
Living in Falkirk I often pass signposts pointing directions to Hopetoun House but never thought about visiting, but so very glad I did.
The house itself is grand, beautifully and majestic….during the drive up it’s gates then beyond you can almost hear music in your head from your favourite period drama.
The grounds are lovely too and on a nice day a splendid walk can be had but what impressed me the most is the staff who work there! Most knowledgable, kind and polite, never were we rushed and we were able to spend much time in each beautiful room and were narrated a very interesting history of the family and the house past and present.
Highly recommended
Written July 3, 2021
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Sarah G
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We went as a family of three to the wondrous woods experience at Hopetoun House in 2021. Tickets were £50 inc parking. The show had a couple of impressive sections (the owl and the talking tree) but the rest was very average. Very busy and not easy to maintain social distancing. We were very underwhelmed at this experience and would not recommend it to anyone else. Another family we know felt exactly the same. If you are expecting something akin to the enchanted forest in Perthshire then this is not it. The price is far too high for what you get. The food village was very average and overpriced.
Written November 1, 2021
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KazaBar
Pontefract, UK77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Spent an enjoyable few hours here on a sunny afternoon.
Not many rooms to see within the house the staff were friendly and knowledgeable loved the elderly gentleman tour guide he was so smartly dressed and great to chat to.
We had a lovely walk in the grounds watched the deer grazing and enjoyed the sea views I would say the walks would benefit by having a few more rest places a nice bench to enjoy the views more.
Would love to return when the cafe is up and running.
Written July 25, 2021
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lynng515
Manchester, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We were staying in Falkirk and staying in the area to visit a few attractions. We have visited briefly Hopetoun House however we decided we would visit and see inside the house itself. There were very knowledgeable guides in select rooms who could answer all our questions and to tell us a history of the house itself but also about the Earls that had inherited and currently live in the house and grounds. Apart from the few guides you were allowed to self guide around the remainder of the house, I say house but it feels very much still a home. In each room were laminated information sheets giving information on certain aspects of the room.

One guide Elizabeth who greeted you upon entry to the house said that there was a turret of sorts whereby you could get up on the roof line and take great pictures of the forth bridges. The only downside for me were the 96 steps up, however my husband decided to take up the challenge and did take some great scenic pictures, however we did have a sunny clear day.

My favourite part of the house was the dining room, the guide Helen guided us around the many pictures of the past Earls and gave a brief history on them and how they contributed to the house. The 20 seater dining table was laid out for a meal complete with candles and looked beautiful. Helen again gave us details and information on the lovely table.

We were on a time schedule on our visit so unfortunately didn't have even time to wander around the outside or the grounds, but the views from inside of the house it looks very were kept and lovely.

Also there was an event in the ballroom so unfortunately were unable to view, so maybe a return visit is needed. Really loved that the house has stayed in the same family and that they till live there.
Written October 4, 2022
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Dear lynng515 Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. I am delighted you had such a wonderful experience. We have a passionate team whose greatest pleasure is to share the history and heritage of this incredible home. I will share the feedback with the guides who you met during your visit. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit again. Regards Lindsay
Written November 4, 2022
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ringram09
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
We had an absolutely great experience touring Hopetoun House. We were there March 8, 2022 and as it was off season, it was closed to the public. We were able to prearrange a private tour before leaving the US. Our guide was Fiona and she was so very nice, knowledgeable and took an amazing amount of time to show us the home, the grounds, give history and info about Outlander scenes. Except for the crew of another show filming there, we were the only guests and I can’t tell you how much I really loved that!! We then toured Midhope Castle and again were the only guests. It was great! Awesome tour, excellent reception by the staff. I’d give more stars if I could. Well done! We’re very grateful you were able to accommodate us off season, thank you so much!
Written August 15, 2022
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Dear ringram09 Thank you for taking the time to send us a review. I am delighted you had such a wonderful visit. An off season tour has an extra special ambience - a feeling of having the house all to yourself! I am so glad that is what you experienced too. Fiona and her team take great pride in the tours they offer visitors, and I will be sure to share your feedback with her. Regards Lindsay
Written November 4, 2022
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715Sheila
Perth, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
I visited Hopetoun House Christmas market today and what a fabulous day I had. Firstly I was met by very friendly welcoming staff at the ticket office who checked my online ticket (tickets can only be purchased online) and directed me to parking. There I was directed to a parking space by a young lady who clearly knew what she was doing. When I was on the forecourt a lady in hi viz directed me to the toilets and the best place to start the visit. The stalls had a great variation of products, all very reasonably priced. Because you were given a time slot to arrive but could stay as long as you wanted, there wasn’t huge crowds pushing their way past you. I had coffee and a sweet treat from a coffee truck outside which was lovely and there were chairs and tables available to sit under cover. The stalls were dotted around the house so it was lovely to see part of the house also. It was a beautiful day so I had a short walk in the gardens. Well done Hopetoun House, lots of very friendly staff on duty, very well organised, with a great variety of stalls to cater for every budget. I will definitely be back
Written November 24, 2023
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Bannatynescott
Edinburgh, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We had not been to Hopetoun for many years, and after being used for filming Outlander, we were concerned it might be mobbed. However, Covid-19 has kept numbers down, and we were privileged to get a tour of the house with the excellent guide Elizabeth. It's well worth spending an hour or so before the tour wandering around the beautiful grounds and enjoying great views of this magnificent house, built in 2 phases from the early 18th century to the late. Architects Bruce and Adam have created one of Scotland's finest country houses, and the added fun of finding Outlander locations make it a great afternoon out. (Booking online essential)
For Outlander fans,don't miss nearby Midhope Castle elsewhere on the estate (separate ticketing), as it is the fictional Lallybrook, where Jamie Fraser was brought up!
Written September 20, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We will pass on your kind words to Elizabeth! We are really glad that you enjoyed your visit to Hopetoun!
Written October 5, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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