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Mavisbank House

Door open days

8 September 2018 (Tours at 1100 hrs and 1300 hrs - booking essential)

9 September 2018 (Tours at 1100 hrs and 1300 hrs - booking essential)


Mavisbank House is tucked away between the communities of Loanhead, Lasswade and Polton.  Its creator, Sir John Clerk, was a major figure in Scottish cultural history.  It was constructed in the 1720s and is one of Scotland's earliest examples of a Palladian style villa.  Today the house is a ruin.


Key Information

Architect: William Adam

Building Date: 1720

Tours at 1100 and 1300 hrs lasting approximately 40 minutes - booking essential.


Visitors are advised to read the Health and Safety Risk Assessment on the Historic Environment Scotland website prior to visiting which can be found here

Please note that this event is NOT suitable for children. 

Meet at the gated entrance to the palisade fence enclosing Mavisbank House. 

Visitors should note that parking around the perimeter of the Policies is very limited and public transport should be used to reach the site where possible.

Visitors should come wearing stout footwear and hard hats will be provided by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) staff.  Tom Parnell from HES will lead the visit talking about the building's history and importance.

There are no facilities on site.


To book please e-mail stating which visit you would prefer and your name and contact details (phone and e-mail).


Where to find us

  • Polton Road
  • Lasswade
  • EH18 1HY is nearest postcode available