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Dates Open 7 April to 31 August 2014
Daily 11.30am – 3.30pm
Last entry 2.30pm
Easter Sunday The House will be operating a Free Flow system between 11am - 5pm
No pre-booked time slot required, standard ticket prices apply
On occasional dates throughout the season there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Gardens, Visitor Centre and Restaurant will be open for business as usual.

Dates on which the house will be closed are as follows:

12th, 19th, 25th & 26th April
2nd, 3rd, 4th & 24th May
14th & 27th June
19th July
2nd, 7th, 9th & 30th August
Daily 10am - 6pm
Daily 10am - 6pm
Daily 10:30am - 6pm
Last orders 5.30pm
Sat 18th April Last orders 2.30pm
Courtyard Tea Rooms
Daily 11am-5pm
«'Policies' is a peculiarly Scottish word which refers to the pleasure grounds around a mansion. »
Did You Know?

Mount Stuart


Garden Map (pdf, 2346KB)

Explore the gardens with our handy map.

Wildflower meadows and a distinctly west-coast shoreline wilderness provide an apt contrast to the carefully composed beauty of our lawns and gardens. The lower policies can be explored from the shore walk, leading you through a mixture of both broadleaf and conifer, indigenous and international trees.

'Policies' is a peculiarly Scottish word meaning the 'pleasure grounds around a mansion'. At Mount Stuart, it describes the wooded areas stretching away along the drive and Forty-Five Avenue down towards the Firth of Clyde; the very first part of the gardens laid out when the 2nd Earl moved from Rothesay.

Each year, the trees give shelter to carpets of vivid daffodils, followed by prolific bluebells. Architectural features too can be found dotted around woodland walks - from the coastal village of Kerrycroy to Augusta's column; a striking dedication to the Dowager Princess of Wales.