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Gardens

Explore the Gardens and Grounds of Mount Stuart

Rock Garden

Rock Garden

A showcase of trees and shrubs acquired during intrepid expeditions.

Wee Garden

Wee Garden

A veritable ark of exotic plant life from Latin America to Australasia.

Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

A botanical gallery of parallel lines interrupted by splashes of vivid colour.

Calvary Walk

Calvary Walk

A series of pools and magnificent cascades replicate the Via Dolorosa.

The Victorian Pinetum

The Victorian Pinetum

A beautiful expanse populated by some of the most majestic trees in the policies.

A Year in the Life

A Year in the Life

The agricultural year worked by a Mount Stuart gardener.

Explore the Grounds

Mount Stuart hosts an incredible collection of both exotic and native flora spanning several spectacular gardens, each set against the dramatic backdrop of the Firth of Clyde. 

Bask in the individual characters of each, from mysterious woodlands to vibrant landscapes, as you wander around our occasionally peculiar policies.

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Explore the gardens with our handy map.

Don't forget to pick up our handy map to help guide you around.

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 which refers to 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.

So Many Gardens To See

Follow in the footsteps of the Victorian plant hunters and marvel at the realisation of their vision.

Recognised as some of the finest gardens in Europe - from seeds to tall trees, herbaceous to hot house, follow streams to shore line, and woodlands to wetlands, walled gardens to Wee gardens - and with every step, make delightful discoveries of your own.

The Rock Garden

The Rock Garden was designed by the English landscape architect Thomas H Mawson in the late 1890s, look out for his trademark water features which are considered an ingenious feat of Victorian engineering.

The Wee Garden

A quintessentially secret garden, for solitude and a few moments of reflection, this is a must-see corner of the grounds and everyone’s favourite.  

Plan your visit to allow sufficient time to find refuge and be enchanted by the delightful Wee Garden.

The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden nurtures a variety of vegetables, fruits and flowers and home to our happy company of chickens and bees. Here you'll also find the fabulous David Austin new English rose. 

Plants are available for purchase direct from the Gardens between 9am and 4pm Monday to Thursday and between 9am and 3pm on Fridays.  Customers can ring the Gardens on 502016 for details of what is available and prices.

Customers can place orders for fruit and vegetables, when available in season, by ringing the Gardens’ office.  Orders will then be delivered twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday) to Ritchies for collection by customers.  Details of produce and price list available from Ritchies.

Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Mon, Tue, Thur Guided tours hourly: 11.30am - 3.30pm
Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun Free flow admission: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
last entry 3.00pm
Please Note: On the following dates there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Visitor Centre and Gardens will be open for business as usual:
6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House, Gardens and Visitor Centre will be closed:
22-26 June

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug

Please Note: Our adventure play area is currently closed to allow for essential maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you will join us for more fun and adventure when the area reopens in mid-June.
Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Times 10:00am - 5:00pm
Please Note: On the following dates there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Visitor Centre and Gardens will be open for business as usual:
6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House, Gardens and Visitor Centre will be closed:
22-26 June

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug
Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Please Note: On the following dates there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Visitor Centre and Gardens will be open for business as usual:
6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House, Gardens and Visitor Centre will be closed:
22-26 June

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug
Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Courtyard Tea Room 11:00am - 4:30pm
Please Note: On the following dates there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Visitor Centre and Gardens will be open for business as usual:
6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House, Gardens and Visitor Centre will be closed:
22-26 June

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug

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