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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

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.

The central heating system was in fact designed by extraordinary Victorian engineer Wilson Phipson, who had achieved fame by heating prominent buildings such as London's Royal Albert Hall. However the sheer magnitude of materials required for this audacious build - granite, sandstone, marble and tiling for the swimming pool, would necessitate a horse-drawn railway from Kerrycroy village to the fledgling house - a physical reminder of the practical scope of the project.