One of the most unique experiences that art lovers and attraction seekers can look forward to seeing around Edinburgh is Jupiter Artland! This expansive sculpture park and indoor gallery is the brainchild of Nicky Wilson and Robert Wilson, who remain the park’s custodians. Jupiter Artland is set in an 80-acre estate of the Bonnington House, making the perfect art exhibit to see during the clear summer days in June, July, and August.
What makes the Jupiter Artland Foundation so unique is its sculpture park, which features incredible art pieces of immense scale that play with your perception of perspective and size. The Park prizes themes of self-discovery, with each contemporary sculpture giving guests a new and exciting way to look at life, themselves, and the world around them.
If you’re planning to visit this hidden gem of an art gallery, read our complete guide about Jupiter Artland’s outdoor and indoor gallery spaces right here!
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Important Details to Know
Before diving into the proverbial Jupiter Artland swimming pool, here are some essential details to know about the institute:
Jupiter Artland has several accessibility options for guests to utilise, including:
- Jupiter Artland has wheelchair accessibility and accessible toilets for visitors.
- There are baby-changing facilities on-site, as well as changing places
- Hearing loops are available on-site.
- There is a bike stand where bikes can be safely kept.
Don’t hesitate to check out the Jupiter Art Land website or contact them for further assistance requirements.
Jupiter Artland Opening Times
Jupiter Artland is open seasonally from May to September and closed for the rest of the year. The sculptures are best appreciated during Scotland’s summer months when bad climate weather is less likely, and visitors can freely walk the 80 acres of the estate without soaking wet.
The attraction is open daily between 10:00 and 17:00.
Jupiter Artland Prices
Jupiter Artland tickets cost £9 per adult ticket, £5 per child and student ticket (children aged between 5 – 16), and £8 per concession ticket.
How to Get to Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland sits just outside of Edinburgh and is easy to fit into a day of sightseeing along with the many other things to do in Edinburgh, like visiting whisky distilleries, seeing the Royal Yacht Brittania, and many more.
If you want to know how to reach this attraction in West Lothian, we’ve written detailed instructions on how to get there:
Jupiter Artland only sits 25-30 minutes away from Edinburgh city centre and is a pleasant journey by car. Take Calder Road out of the city from Edinburgh and transition to the A71 when possible. Drive approximately 17 minutes along the A71 until you reach B7105. Take this road and turn right at the first turn, Jupiter Artland should be on your left.
From Edinburgh Waverly Station, take the train to Haymarket. From here, take the train to Calder View. Leave the station and take the X40 Howden bus to Coxydene (about 10 minutes). Jupiter Artland should be around a 2-minute from the drop-off.
Since Jupiter Artland sits just outside Edinburgh, you can even reach it via bus in less than an hour! The most direct route to Jupiter Artland is to take the X27 bus from St Andrew’s House 22 stops (about 36 minutes of travel time) to Coxydene. The Bonnington House steadings, where Jupiter Artland is set, should be only a two-minute walk from the bus stop.
Attractions to see at Jupiter Artland
Once you’ve brushed up on the important details to know and travelled safely to the Jupiter Artland exhibitions, a journey of self-discovery and stunning artwork awaits. You can pick up their seasonal programme and a Jupiter Artland map on-site or online, but we’ll be covering the top attractions and activities you can look forward to while you’re visiting.
Walk around the Sculpture Park
The highlight of Jupiter Artland is undoubtedly the Sculpture Park. This immersive collection is free for you to explore at your own pace without any set route. The first sculpture you’ll see is Charles Jencks ‘Cells of Life’, a series of manicured mounds reminiscent of Asian rice fields.
Other highlights of the Sculpture Park are ‘A Variety of Cultures’ by Alec Finlay, ‘Suck’ by Anish Kapoor, ‘Landscape with a Gun and a Tree’ by Cornelia Parker, ‘Temple of Apollo’ by Ian Hamilton Finlay, and ‘Love Bomb’ by Marc Quinn, and many more. There are so many unique attractions to see at Jupiter Artland that you can easily spend a few hours admiring the works here.
In late August, Jupiter Artland comes alive with the talents of local artists. This artist-led festival has it all: beautiful artwork, music from global celebrities, and more. The festival is a two-day campout within the grounds of Jupiter Artland, one of the most unique stages for a celebration.
Bop your head to jazzy beats while being surrounded by staggering artwork — there’s no other place you can besides Jupiter Rising.
Enjoy the Five Indoor Gallery Spaces
In addition to the fantastic outdoor space that Jupiter Artland offers, there’s an indoor gallery space for you to explore as well! Compared to the outdoor spaces, the indoor gallery works are often a series of temporary exhibits that are switched throughout the year. This means that no matter when you visit the exhibition, there’ll be something new for you to see!
Attend Jupiter Artland’s Learning and Outreach Programme
Jupiter Artland is a not-for-profit dedicated to ensuring that Scottish children and adults have opportunities to learn about artworks. The Artland regularly hosts free school visits where children can learn about famed artists like Christian Boltanski, Antony Gormley, Jim Lambie, Phyllida Barlow, and more.
If you want to organise a trip to Jupiter Artland for your school, be sure to contact them beforehand to arrange your programme. Jupiter Artland has several community and visitor events throughout the year, including famed festivals like Jupiter Rising. Be sure to check out their website for more details.
More Scottish Galleries to Visit
- Aberdeen Art Gallery
- An Lanntair Arts Centre
- Compass Gallery
- Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries
- Gallery of Modern Art
- Hunterian Art Gallery
- Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- Kirkcudbright Gallery
- McManus Art Gallery
- National Galleries Scotland: Modern
- National Galleries Scotland: National
- National Galleries Scotland: Portrait
- Pier Arts Centre
- Royal Scottish Academy
- Stills Gallery
- Talbot Rice Gallery
- The Burrell Collection
- The Fruitmarket Gallery