- Accessible loos
- Accessible parking
- Free parking
- Parkland / open spaces
- Pet friendly
- Picnic area
Guide dogs welcome
An historic Japanese Garden founded in 1908 by inveterate traveller, Ella Christie. Under the supervision of Professor Fukuhara (best known for his gold medal at Chelsea plus the restoration of the Japanese Gardens at Kew and Tatton Park), Cowden has recently undergone a five year restoration programme.
The garden features a large pond with perimeter path, zig zag and arched bridges, antique lanterns and Japanese structures including the new thatched pavilion (based on the Katsura Imperial Pavilion, Kyoto).
The best times to visit are late April for the cherry blossom, May/June for the rhododendrons and October/November for the acers. Adjoining the garden is the Stewart Adventure Woodland with trails and associated outdoor puzzles/games.
BST: Seven days per week, 10.30am – 5pm.
Winter: Wednesdays – Sundays, 10.30am – 4pm.
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, first two weeks of January.
Historic Houses members visit free
Adults: £8 | Senior (over 65): £7.50 | Youth (16-24): £7.00 | Child (5-15): £5.25 | Child (0-4): free
Carer: £6 | Disabled: free | Family: £22 | Single Family: £16.
Guide dogs welcome
The Japanese Garden at Cowden: In Pictures
The Stewart Adventure Woodland
Children can enjoy roaming in the Stewart Adventure Woodland. The play area includes a board walk and tree house. The popular ‘Acorn Challenge’ where children can hunt for acorns with letters and Japanese symbols to try and decode a secret message to win a prize. We hide the acorns in new places and change the secret message every month. Children can also add labels to the wishing trees.
Popular walks at Cowden Garden
The Christie Walk is a five minute loop just east of The Japanese Garden. The Lime Tree Avenue was planted in 1908 to highlight to Ella Christie’s guests the importance of the new Japanese Garden. The loop from the car park, up the Lime Tree Avenue and back down towards the entrance to the garden takes in the new cherry tree planting. Cowden benefitted from donations from The Sakura Cherry Tree Project in 2018/19, which enabled us to replace the original avenue and create a dedicated Hanami area. Within the Stewart Adventure Woodland there is a 15 minute circular loop and a longer path (25 minutes), which meanders alongside the Holeburn to the front drive.
A garden inspired: Discover Cowden's history
The trustees appointed Professor Masao Fukuhara, admired for his sensitive restoration of the Japanese Gardens at Kew and Tatton Park and for his Chelsea Gold Medal garden, to spearhead the restoration and ensure the authenticity of Cowden was maintained.
Upper Hillfoot Road, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, FK14 7PL
Between Dollar and Muckhart on the A91, follow brown signs to: ‘Japanese Garden’.
1 mile walk from bus on the A91.
Train to Gleneagles or Inverkeithing followed by 25 minute taxi.
Fossoway Cabs: 07840 944635
Cycle via the Upper Hillfoot Road, which is a walking/cycle friendly route.
Looking to visit The Japanese Garden at Cowden?
The Japanese Garden at Cowden is open seven days per week (BST) and Wednesday to Sunday during the winter months. See the Opening information above to find out more. Historic Houses members with valid membership card are able to visit the garden free of charge.
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