Kinneil House

Off Provost Rd, western outskirts of Bo'ness, EH51 0PR

07780 218 632


Explore 2,000 years of history around this splendid house, from occupying Romans to the Industrial Revolution.

Built next to the Antonine Wall, Kinneil House was one of the seats of the powerful and wealthy Hamilton family. Subject to extensions and refurbishments over 300 years, it reflected the Hamiltons’ high status both inside and out.

The house has a good claim to being the birthplace of the improved steam engine. The pioneering Scots engineer James Watt developed his first engine in a small workshop here in the 1700s. 

Kinneil House is open during special open days throughout the year. Visitor access is by timed guided tours, meeting at the house. Otherwise it’s available for exterior viewing only, along with the large historic parkland and museum. For more information see the Kinneil House Estate website.

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Opening times

You can visit the grounds and museum year-round without booking.

Museum opening times:
Daily except Tues, 12.30pm to 4pm.


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