Dumfries House & Grounds

In a remarkable 21st century country house success story, Georgian mansion with exceptional collection of Chippendale furniture saved from dispersal.

Cumnock, Ayrshire, KA18 2NJ

Dumfries House
Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Georgian Gem, nestling within 2,000 acres of scenic Ayrshire countryside in south-west Scotland. Commissioned by William Crichton Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries.

The House was designed by renowned 18th-century architect brothers John, Robert and James Adam and built between 1754 and 1759.

Recognised as one of the Adam brothers’ masterpieces it remained unseen by the public since it was built 250 years ago until it opened its doors as a visitor attraction in June 2008. The former home of the Marquesses of Bute, it was saved for the nation at the eleventh hour by a consortium of organisations and individuals brought together by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.

The house holds the most important collection of works from Thomas Chippendale’s ‘Director’ period. It is widely recognised that Scotland was a testing ground for Thomas Chippendale’s early rococo furniture and the Dumfries House collection is regarded as his key project in this area.

Dumfries House also holds the most comprehensive range of pieces by Edinburgh furniture makers Alexander Peter, William Mathie and Francis Brodie.

Opening Times


April to October: daily except Saturdays, tours 10.45am to 3.30pm.

November to March: weekends only, tours noon and 1.30pm. Tour times vary; check website.

Grounds: Open daily all year.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free, subject to availability. Booking in advance is advised at busy times.

House tour: £9
Grand tour: £13 (excludes Historic House members)
Art tour: £13 (excludes Historic House members)

More admission details

Group Visits

Group visits can of course be arranged, and can normally be accommodated at any time of the year and at times of the day.

Our minimum group size is 12 but there is no maximum.

Please contact us on or by telephone on 01290 427975.

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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Dumfries House from a distance

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