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Newbattle Abbey College

Located a short distance from Edinburgh city centre, this unique, historic building is a perfect venue for conferences, meetings, private celebrations, residential retreats, and weddings

Make History with your next corporate event

Nine centuries of inspiration and Scotland’s glittering jewel in the crown. With its 900-year history of welcoming royalty and privileged guests, Newbattle Abbey Conference Centre is a unique venue full of character.

Event guests and delegates will be be inspired by this beautiful ‘A’ listed building surrounded by 125 acres of parkland, complete with all the essential modern facilities.

Choose from a number of magnificent rooms, with views of the surrounding Italian Gardens acting as an impressive backdrop for any event. The grand Drawing Room, with its ornate fresco ceiling, is a breath-taking setting for larger events. Alternatively for smaller, more intimate gatherings, the wood-lined Edwin Muir Room or the atmospheric Armoury make a perfect match.

A unique conference venue for residential events too

Newbattle Abbey is a truly unusual conference, meeting and seminar venue equipped with the latest AV equipment. With more than 8 meeting rooms and B&B facilities, Newbattle Abbey can cater for up to 120 delegates in the grand Drawing Room and for smaller bookings of eight to twelve people in the Boardroom. It is the

Stunning locations for events and filming

Whether you are planning a gala dinner, an awards ceremony or special celebration, Newbattle Abbey is a unique venue for dinner parties from 12 to 88 guests.

The historic splendour of Newbattle Abbey is located within a 125 acres of beautiful parkland setting just a short distance from Edinburgh. Newbattle Abbey has been the setting for photo shoots, adverts, and major TV dramas. The events team can offer stunning locations, build space, crew accommodation, and storage and unit parking.

Bespoke menus

The in-house catering team is experienced in preparing menus for different occasions, ranging from a simple buffet in the Crypt to a formal five-course dinner in the grand Drawing Room. The venue always uses fresh, local and seasonal produce wherever possible, with herbs and vegetables often coming from the grounds of Newbattle Abbey.

A venue rich in history

Why not include a private guided tour for your guests to discover how Scotland’s future was shaped at the Abbey when the Declaration of Arbroath was drafted here? Every room holds a story: the font in the Chapel was used to baptise Mary Queen of Scots; the secret staircase with ghosts; and the vaulted Crypt.

City Centre

7.0 Miles


Newbattle Abbey
Newbattle Road
EH22 3LL

Venue Details

Maximum capacities

  • Drawing Room 120
  • Edwin Muir Room 50
  • Boardroom 12
  • George Mackay Brown Room 25
  • The Bunker 12
  • Armoury 12
  • Crypt 80
  • Mezzanine 50

General information

  • Location Conveniently located 7 miles from Edinburgh
  • Setting 125 acres of beautiful parkland. Open to the public.
  • Flexible Highly flexible and multi purpose venue for up to 120 guests
  • Choice More than eight event rooms available
  • Amenities Free parking up to 100 cars
  • Accomodation Year-round B&B facilities for residential events


  • Dark Sky Certificate - Scotland


  • Midlothian Volunteers
  • MBTAG (Midlothian & Borders Tourism Action Group)
  • Midlothian Tourism Forum
  • Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions
  • Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce