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Daily until August 31st 2014

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Afternoon Tea

Daily until August 31st 2014

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Dates Open 7 April to 31 August 2014
Daily 11.30am – 4.30pm
Last entry 3.30pm
19th July Last entry 12.30pm*
30th Aug Last entry 12.00noon
*VC Restaurant also closing at 2.00pm, last orders 1.30pm. Courtyard Tea Room open until 5.00pm.

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:

2nd & 7th August
Daily 10am - 6pm
Daily 10am - 6pm
Daily 10.30am - 5.30pm*
Last orders 5pm
*Except 19 July when last orders will be 1.30pm for 2.00pm close. Courtyard Tea Rooms open as normal.
Courtyard Tea Rooms
Daily 11am - 5pm
Courtyard Gift Shop
Daily 11am - 5pm
«'Policies' is a peculiarly Scottish word which refers to the pleasure grounds around a mansion. »
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Mount Stuart


Garden Map (pdf, 1342KB)

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.

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.