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Overview

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.


Today
Today’s opening hours

April to October: Every day, guided tours generally from 10.45am to 3.30pm (last tour noon on Saturdays).

Opening
Opening

2019

January to March: weekends only, tours typically at 12.00pm and 1.30pm. Tour times vary, house maybe closed on certain dates for private events -  please check website.

April to October: Every day, guided tours generally from 10.45am to 3.30pm (last tour noon on Saturdays).

November to December: weekends only, tours typically at 12.00pm and 1.30pm. Tour times vary, house maybe closed on certain dates for private events -  please check website.

Find Us
Find us

Dumfries House is just off the A70 about 1.5 miles west of the junction with the A76. There are two entrances - one clearly marked 'coaches and deliveries only' and the other, slightly further west, marked 'cars only'. 

The nearest bus station is in Cumnock and the nearest bus stop is on the B7036 at the Barony Rd entrance, approximately a 1 mile walk from the house on an unmade road.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Ayrshire Taxis 01290 421010

Admission
Admission

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

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
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 tours@dumfries-house.org.uk or by telephone on 01290 427975.


A word from the owner

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 his early rococo furniture and we hope you enjoy exploring the house and items.

Weddings

If you’re looking for a wedding venue that offers something truly remarkable, look no further.

Dumfries House is an exquisite venue offering everything you need for your special day. Whether you choose to celebrate in the house or in our beautiful purpose built marquee, you can relax into your big day safe in the knowledge that we have taken care of every detail.

From the arrival drinks to the exquisitely prepared locally sourced food, your every requirement will be smoothly in hand from start to finish.

Facilities

  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • In-house catering
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

Accommodation

Each of the 22 en suite Guest Rooms have been individually styled with complete comfort in mind and feature carefully selected antique pieces.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Dumfries House offers a unique setting for your event. From corporate events to away days, the breathtaking beauty of Dumfries House and its estate lends itself to any occasion.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Plentiful parking
  • Team building activities
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Accessible toilets
  • Dinner
  • Hearing loops
  • Projector and screen
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast

School Visits