Fort Douglas Safety Information

While all reasonable measures have been taken to ensure the safety of our visitors and to provide information and warning signs, each adult visitor has a responsibility for their own safety and those of their fellow visitors whilst on site. Please note the following whilst at Fort Douglas:

  • All little adventurers need to be accompanied by an adult (age 18+).
  • Adult-only groups (age 13+) are not allowed in Fort Douglas.
  • You’ll find bathrooms in the Fort Douglas Cabin.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed to go into Fort Douglas, but can enjoy the rest of Dalkeith Country Park. Assistance dogs that have the appropriate certification/collars are permitted in Fort Douglas, but must be kept on lead at all times.
  • The majority of the equipment in this playground is designed to be moderately challenging. Some items may only be suitable for over 5s or 6s (you’ll see a 6+ blue sticker).
  • Big people decide. Only you know the abilities and limitations of the children in your care. Please keep an eye on them and make sure they’re playing safely.
  • Be safe. Keep away from the river banks.
  • Decide on a meeting point in case your group splits up.
  • Please note BBQs are not permitted here, but we have lots of picnic benches.
  • In the event of an emergency, please contact a member of staff or dial 999.
  • Tickets will be available online only for a morning or afternoon session. There are no tickets available on site if you just turn up.
  • You will be able to use your ticket anytime within the AM or PM slot.
  • Tickets will be scanned at the entrance.
  • Tickets are non-refundable except in cases of a Force Majeure Event.


  • Parties must be booked up to 48 hours in advance.
  • Party bookings are non-refundable. We can try and move your booking to a different date however this is subject to availability, and we must be notified 48 hours prior to your booking.  
  • All little adventures attending a party need to be accompanied by at least one adult (age 18+) at all times.


  • Fort Douglas memberships are not valid over the Easter weekend – Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2024.
  • 2024 memberships will go on sale 8 January 2024.
  • 2024 memberships are offered to customers who reside in the local EH22 area only.
  • Please bring valid proof of your address when collecting your card.
  • 2024 memberships are valid from date of purchase until 31 December 2024.
  • Members still need to book tickets in advance. Please book online for a ‘member visit’ ticket and remember to click update basket when inputting your membership number.
  • Please bring your card with you on the day as proof of membership, or entry may be denied.
  • The Fort Douglas membership card can only be used by the person it was purchased for.
  • The Fort Douglas membership card is non-transferable.
  • The Fort Douglas membership card does not guarantee entry. On rare occasions we may need to close due to weather or limit numbers on busy days.
  • Free admission cannot be granted without your Fort Douglas membership card. Entry will be charged at the normal rate of admission.
    Dalkeith Country Park reserves the right to change the Fort Douglas membership benefits at any time.
  • The Fort Douglas membership card is not a loyalty scheme and you do no accrue points.
  • The Fort Douglas membership does not include parking – our £3 parking charge will apply for visits to the Park.
  • Adults must accompany their children at all times.
  • We reserve the right to refuse admission or cancel memberships without a refund if anyone behaves in an abusive of threatening way to our staff, contractors or other visitors.


  • Friends of Dalkeith memberships are purchased online and you will be issued with an e-ticket. This will give temporary access to the Park.
  • Once you’ve received your confirmation email please collect your card from the Parking Hut between 09.00 – 17.00 any day of the week.
  • Oak memberships are per car and you will be asked to provide your car registration number when collecting your card.
  • Show your card to receive 10% discount in The Kitchen for up to 6 people. Discount not applicable in other catering outlets or The Store.
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