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The House of the Binns

| Linlithgow, Linlithgow EH49 7NA, Scotland
+44 1506 834255
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About The House of the Binns Set in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, this fascinating laird’s house near Linlithgow has been the home of the Dalyells for 400 years. The present house was built in 1612 by Thomas Dalyell, an Edinburgh merchant who made his fortune at the court of King James VI and I in London. Thomas’s son, General Tam Dalyell, formed the legendary regiment of Royal Scots Greys. There are many mementos of him in the house, as well as colourful legends about his dealings with the Devil to discover. A warm welcome awaits visitors at the home of the Dalyells, with rooms rich in family history and personality. The house is open from June - September. The grounds are open year round from 9am-7.30pm.
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  • Average3%
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| Linlithgow, Linlithgow EH49 7NA, Scotland
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"national trust"
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"lovely house"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

An interesting tour of an old family home, beware though, only open some days. Treated to a fabulous display by one of the resident peacocks. Lovely views over the Forth as well.

Thank redhammer69
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent guided tour - I was on the way to Blackness and the House of Binns exit is one block before, and I had to really use the loo! TMI, but we ended up here and the tour was starting in a couple of minutes,...More

Thank DaytonJG
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Opening times are only during the summer months and linked to a tour with small groups. Lovely house, with a real history attached to it. Fabulous views over the Forth Estuary. Guided tour is very good and the Guide extremely knowledgeable. Be sure to visit...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

The history of the family is fascinating, as is the house which has been added to over the generations. Only open in the afternoon and only with a guided tour so need to plan your visit

Thank Kelcardon
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Wonderful house, full of charm and history. With some of the family still residing on the property, hours of entry are limited. Tours of the property are by guide only and the best way to be informed of the history of the house and its...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Took part in the last tour of the day (4.15pm). Only 3 in our group. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour and must praise our guide, Jennifer, for her lovely manner in sharing information about the house and in answering of all our many questions.

2  Thank Elaine M
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Visited the House of the Binn's on the way back to Newcastle. Had to go on a Guided tour, quite informative learning the history of the place.

1  Thank Steve C
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

What was amazing about this visit was the fact that you can see 400 years of history enfolding in the architecture and contents of the house. It was fascinating to see the collection of pictures and memorabilia of the Dalyells through the centuries. Fortunately, when...More

Thank DGarethOwen
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

16 of us there for a tour so split into two groups as some of rooms are small.Lots of paintings photos of Tam Dalyell - posh upbringing for a labour MP. Huge bakery could feed an army from it.Don't miss bloody Tam's Russian haunted boots....More

Thank Allan R
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Very good day out. The guide today (3.15 tour) was excellent. Very informative, and kept the children on the tour entertained.

Thank dizzieannie
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Euan H
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Response from eliza k s | Reviewed this property |
Yeah, I would agree - perhaps not the garden centre cafe. If you turn right out of the House of Binns, Mannerstons farm shop & cafe is a few hundred yards on the right hand side- it's really lovely in there... More
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