Connecting People, Art, Land and Learning

Mount Stuart House and Gardens are located on the beautiful island of Bute. Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow.  It is the most accessible of the westerly isles from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland.

The spirit of nineteenth-century invention is embodied in Mount Stuart – a feat of Victorian engineering, this neo-gothic mansion was one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age. Ironic, when you consider the medieval inspiration of the Gothic Revival. Set in 300 acres of grounds which include designed gardens, woodland and coast there is something for everyone at Mount Stuart!

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Discover our gardens

The gardens at Mount Stuart are home to a spectacular botanic collection of plants from all over the world. You’ll find everything from champion rhododendrons  to snowdrops and daffodils!

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Explore the House & Collections

Mount Stuart houses the truly astonishing Bute Collection including European and British masterpieces and the interiors of the house itself are masterpieces in their own right!

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Enjoy a bite in the Bute Kitchen

On the island of Bute we are surrounded by fabulous producers and suppliers and we are proud to include fresh, local and Scottish ingredients on our kitchen menu.

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What’s On

At Mount Stuart House & Gardens there is always something for everyone going on. Check out our events calendar and start planning your visit!

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Art of Power

Art of Power is an exciting new collaborative exhibition, split across two venues, The Hunterian, Glasgow and Mount Stuart and the ticket price covers entry to the exhibition at both.

This two venue exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see major paintings from the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart, one of the foremost private collections in the UK.

Access to the exhibition with an Art of Power ticket will be daily 11.00am-12.00 noon & 2.30-3.30pm. Visitors taking a tour of the house will be able to view the exhibition as part of their tour for a limited time only.

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Picnics

Our Bute Kitchen picnics are freshly made each day for you to collect and enjoy in your favourite spot in our grounds. Pre-order your picnic now!

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Visual Arts – ‘The Archipelago of Contented Peoples: Introduced Species’

Steven Claydon’s solo exhibition as part of our ongoing Contemporary Visual Arts Programme will be on display throughout the House & Grounds until 29 October. In his layered response to Mount Stuart and Bute, Claydon has been drawing equivalences between the islands of the Pacific and the Scottish isles.

Mount Stuart has been working in co-operation with The Common Guild, Glasgow to bring Claydon’s work to Scotland; following his nomination for the inaugural Hepworth Prize in 2016. “The Archipelago of Contented Peoples: Endurance Groups” runs at The Common Guild  through 9 July.

Steven Claydon said, “The wealth of material in the Mount Stuart archives, gardens and buildings forms a formidable arsenal of subject matter that is firmly rooted in Scottish history and politics, religious identity and eclectic architectural vernacular. For me, it is the sum accumulation of these often contradictory details that lend Mount Stuart its potency.”

Image: detail of Vertical Migration: Slit Gongs. (Red, yellow, pink), 2017

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Afternoon Teas

You can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Bute Kitchen or, for something extra special, try our premium afternoon tea in the Purple Sitting Room. A perfect way to celebrate an occasion we also offer gift vouchers for afternoon teas.

Afternoon Tea at Bute Kitchen: £12.50pp

Premium Afternoon Tea in the Purple Sitting Room: £25.00pp

View a sample menu here or head to our Shop & Eat page for more details.

 

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Art of Power: The 3rd Earl of Bute, Politics and Collecting in Enlightenment Britain
The Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
(2-4 October, 2017)

As part of Art of Power we are running a three-day symposium, inspired by themes explored in the exhibition, which will bring together established and early career scholars from different faculties and professional backgrounds to discuss the dynamic interplay between art, politics and collecting so evident in the life of the 3rd Earl of Bute.

The symposium will be held at the University of Glasgow and at Mount Stuart. Papers will be delivered on day one in Glasgow, and will be open to the public.

To find out more please contact Dr Caitlin Blackwell (caitlin@mountstuart.com) or to book tickets follow the link below.

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Christmas at Mount Stuart

Join us for festive fun at Mount Stuart all through December!

On December 3 we’re hosting our annual Craft Fair in the Marble Hall with craftspeople from all over Bute, delicious food & drink from Bute Kitchen, creative workshops and maybe even a visit from Santa!

Join us for a Festive Feast in Bute Kitchen 7, 8, 14 or 15 December to get in to the Christmas Spirit.

Finally, our ever popular Carol Service in the Marble Chapel will held last Monday before Christmas come along to hear the house filled with glorious music.

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Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart is located on the beautiful island of Bute. Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow. It is one of the most accessible of the westerly isles from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland.