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Overview

Mount Stuart, Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic house, offers a memorable day out for the whole family.

Walks on the beach, discoveries in the gardens, dazzling interiors, unique architectural details, seasonal events and exhibitions make Mount Stuart a place that captures the imagination! Situated on the Isle of Bute, just 90 minutes from Glasgow.

The original house was built in 1719 by the 2nd Earl of Bute but had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1877 by the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The main part of the house is a striking example of 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture, built in a reddish-brown stone and takes inspiration from history, astrology, art and mythology.


Opening
Opening

2019

22 March - 27 October.

Please check our website for further information and out of season hours.

Open every day; guided tours, 11.30am to 3.30pm, plus free flow May to September, 11am to 4pm. Check website for November - December opening details.

 

Find Us
Find us

Mount Stuart is located on the Isle of Bute with good public transport links that are fully integrated ensuring that visitors can get here quickly and easily.
 
Once on the Isle of Bute from Rothesay ferry terminal Mount Stuart can be found by following the A844 (East Princes Street) approximately 4m down the coast. The entrance to Mount Stuart is clearly signposted on the left hand side.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Zan Kryser Taxis 01700 504499

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

House & Gardens:
Adult £11.50
Concession £9.50
Child £6.75
Family £33.00

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Large groups are welcome at Mount Stuart and we have a number of packages available to make your visit extra special. 

Group visits must be pre-booked and discounts on admission and catering packages are available for groups of 15 or more. We have ample coach parking at both the Visitor Centre and the House and tour leaders and coach drivers receive free entry.

For further information please click here.


A word from the owner

We believe Mount Stuart was the first home in the world to have an indoor heated swimming pool, and the first house in Scotland to be purpose built with electric lights, central heating and a telephone system.

Weddings

Set in 300 acres of the finest gardens to be found in Scotland, Mount Stuart House has been home to the Bute Family since 1717. In 1995 Mount Stuart opened its doors to the public and has been offering stunning interior rooms and warm cosy guest accommodation to wedding guests worldwide ever since.

Over the past 22 years, we have hosted weddings to clients from around the world on both exclusive and non-exclusive terms. The house itself offers the ideal location for your entire day including; Ceremony locations both internal and external for up to 200 guests, preparation spaces, and the breathtaking Marble Hall for the wedding breakfast & evening reception. To complete the package, we can also accommodate up to 37 guests in 22 authentically styled luxurious bedrooms.

 

We can offer:

  • Suppliers list
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Wedding planner
  • Bridal suite
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

My day was absolutely everything I dreamed of and more!! and I know a lot of that is down to the whole team at Mount Stuarts hard work. The messages we have received from our guests have mirrored our experience and they seem to have all been absolutely blown away by the venue.


Accommodation

We are delighted to offer a number of beautiful and fascinating self-catering properties both at Mount Stuart and elsewhere on the Isle of Bute.
 
Our properties each posses a charming and unique character.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Mount Stuart is a stunning neo-Gothic mansion set in 300 acres of gardens and grounds on the Isle of Bute. Built in the 19th Century, passion can be found in every brick, pane of glass or spectacular carving throughout the house. The perfect inspiring surrounding for any conference, meeting, product launch, incentive, or other corporate event.

There are several locations for spectacular events at Mount Stuart from the breath-taking Marble Hall to our glorious gardens. Whatever you are planning, Mount Stuart is the perfect venue for your exclusive event of guests from 2 – 200.

Our Team can assist and advise on every aspect of your event. We work closely with your suppliers to offer one seamless delivery.

Book a viewing with the Mount Stuart Team at a time and date to best suit you. During the show round, you will have the chance to view the whole house with a dedicated event coordinator who will discuss your requirements and offer advice.

Mount Stuart at a glimpse:

  • Exclusive use options available
  • Accommodation for up to 37 guests within the main house
  • Catering supplied by Mount Stuart’s in-house team or external caterer of your choice
  • Use of Mount Stuart’s gardens & grounds
  • Services of a dedicated Event Coordinator to help schedule your day and liaise with your external suppliers


School Visits

We are able to offer educational workshops in the House and Gardens. Content can be tailored to fit with the school curriculum for both primary and secondary classes.