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Opening times and entrance fees

Opening times and entrance fees

Regular opening dates & times

Open seven days a week.

Dalkeith Country Park: 7am – 7pm
Restoration Yard Store & Coffee Bar: 9.30am – 6pm/7pm Spectacle nights
The Kitchen: 9.30am – 5pm, 7pm Spectacle nights
Fort Douglas: 10am – 4pm / 3pm on Spectacle nights)

Christmas Opening dates & times

Fort Douglas will close early on Spectacle of Light dates (7th, 8th, 13th-15th, 17th-23rd, 27th-31st December and 2nd – 5th January).

Restoration Yard’s Store will be open late until 7pm on Spectacle of Light nights pre-Christmas (7th, 8th, 13th-15th, 17th-23rd December). The Coffee Bar will close as normal at 6pm.

The Kitchen will be open until 5pm throughout December. On Spectacle of Light nights (7th, 8th, 13th-15th, 17th-23rd, 27th-31st December and 2nd, 3rd, 5th January) last orders will be at 7pm. On 4th January The Kitchen will close early for a private event with bookings taken until 1pm.

The Larder is now closed for the festive season as Santa takes residence in Santa’s Grotto, however our Food & Drink Cabin opens in the courtyard from Saturday 30th November, serving festive treats and hot drinks.

On Christmas Eve, 24th December, all areas will close at 4pm with last orders in The Coffee Bar at 3.30pm and last orders in The Kitchen at 3pm.

We are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day. We will re-open as normal on 27th December.



Peak Pricing (weekends & school holidays*)

0 – 24 Months: FREE
2 – 4 Years: £5.00
5 – 12 Years: £7.00
Adult (13+): £3.00

Off Peak Pricing (midweek, term time)

0 – 24 months: FREE
2 – 4 Years: £3.00
5 – 12 Years: £5.00
Adult (13+): £2.00

Membership (for one year until end of 2019)

0 – 24 Months: FREE
2 – 4 Years: £25.00
5 – 12 Years: £35.00
Adult (13+): £15.00


* Peak Pricing applies during weekends and school holiday dates. The dates are as follows: 11th – 15th February, 8th – 22nd April, 6th May, 20th May, 1st July – 31st August, 16th September, 14th – 21st October and 23rd December – 6th January. Membership enables entry as many times as you’d like throughout the year. For Membership Card terms and conditions please see here.


If you’re visiting between the hours of 7am-7pm there is no charge on the gate to enjoy our walking and cycling routes. Your Access Fee is included as part of any purchase made here. However, if you’re looking to arrange a group activity or course in the park, there is a small fee depending on the event. Please contact us to arrange this.

If you’re a regular visitor to the Park and would like to visit after the gates close at 7pm, it’s well worth purchasing a ‘Friends of Dalkeith Country Park’ annual pass card which enables access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please note this pass is for Park access and not Fort Douglas.

You can purchase a Park pass by calling us on 0131 654 1666 or from our ticketing cabin over at Fort Douglas which is open from 9am to 5pm. The prices for these are as follows:

‘Friends of Dalkeith Country Park’ annual pass card prices:

 Adult Pass: £10.00
 Family Pass (2 Adults & up to 3 Children): £20.00
 Adult Dog Walker (up to 2 dogs): £20.00
 Adult Dog Walker (3 – 4 dogs): £40.00
 Adult Dog Walker (more than 4 dogs): £100
 Adult Pass for Trout Fishing: £30.00


Passes offer unlimited 24-hour access all year round and are available to anyone aged 16 and over. The passes act as a swipe card when the Town Gate is closed between the hours of 7pm and 7am. Please note this pass does not cover entry to Fort Douglas or other activities. However, it does give you entry to our closest sister Estate, Bowhill House, in the Scottish Borders (estate and gardens entry only, not house tours).