Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting

A Warm Welcome Awaits You

Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

We are delighted to welcome our ever-growing number of visitors to our award winning Visitor Centre which has become an attraction in its own right. Inside, you will find our impressive Restaurant.

Special Tours

Special Tours

Join us for a one hour private tour of Mount Stuart House led by one of our experienced guides. View our rooms and discover the history behind Britain's most astounding Victorian Gothic mansion.

Fun for Children

Fun for Children

Mount Stuart is a wonderful place for children to explore and have fun. Our purpose built adventure play area, next to the Visitor Centre, is free to use and provides a safe outdoor environment for all ages to have fun.

Group Visits

Group Visits

Whether you are planning a group visit for two or two-hundred, Mount Stuart offers something for every taste and interest. Take part in one of our events, experience your own private tour or enjoy a delicious lunch in our Restaurant.

Access For All

Access For All

We want everyone to enjoy their time at Mount Stuart. This page contains useful information for visitors with disabilities to make your visit as easy as we can.

Finding Us

Finding Us

Mount Stuart is located on the Isle of Bute, the most accessible island off the west coast of Scotland. Public transport links to Mount Stuart are fully integrated, ensuring that visitors can get here quickly, and easily.

Scotland's Best Kept Secret

There is always so much to see and do at Mount Stuart, be it in the House, gardens or at our award winning Visitor Centre.

Come and experience the best Bute has to offer in our Gift Shop and Restaurant, or simply relax, explore and enjoy – Mount Stuart is truly a ‘must see’ in Scotland.

The house itself is arguably the finest piece of domestic architecture to emerge from Britain's Gothic Revival in the 19th Century. This lavish palace boasts a majestic marble hall, an awe-inspiring chapel, sumptuous accommodation and unspeakably rich reception rooms.

The stunning gardens and grounds are among Europe's finest, dating back to circa 1718 when the 2nd Earl of Bute laid out the beginnings of the 300 acres of botanical extravaganza that can be enjoyed today. With panoramic views across the Firth of Clyde and beyond, Mount Stuart and its gardens create a spectacular space in which art and nature co-exist in perfect harmony.

Opening Dates and Times

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:
1 May, 6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House and Gardens will be closed, the Visitor Centre will be open as usual:
23-26 June (2pm)

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug
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:
1 May, 6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House and Gardens will be closed, the Visitor Centre will be open as usual:
23-26 June (2pm)

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug
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:
1 May, 6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House and Gardens will be closed, the Visitor Centre will be open as usual:
23-26 June (2pm)

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug
Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Restaurant 10:00am - 5:00pm
last orders 4:00pm
Courtyard Tea Rooms 11:00am - 4:30pm
Courtyard Gift Shop CLOSED
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:
1 May, 6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House and Gardens will be closed, the Visitor Centre will be open as usual:
23-26 June (2pm)

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

Tickets and Prices

Admission tickets for the House and gardens can be purchased from the ground floor of our award-winning Visitor Centre. Our welcoming staff will update you with tour times, and activities taking place during your visit.  

Tickets are not necessary for access to the Visitor Centre, Restaurant or Adventure Playground.

House & GardensGift Aid AdmissionStandard AdmissionSeason Ticket
Adult £12.65 £11.50 £43.00
Child (5-15 yrs) £7.45 £6.75 £18.00
Family (2 adults & 3 children) £36.50 £33.00 £81.00
Concession/student £10.45 £9.50 N/A
Group N/A £7.50 N/A
 Gardens OnlyGift Aid AdmissionStandard AdmissionSeason Ticket
Adult £7.15 £6.50 £29.00
Child (5-15 yrs) £3.85 £3.50 £10.50
Family (2 adults & 3 children) £19.80 £18.00 £48.00
Concession/student £5.50 £5.00 N/A
Group N/A

£5.50

N/A

Downloads

Season Ticket Application Form (doc, 162KB)

Please download, complete and return to us by post.

Season Tickets

Enjoy unlimited visits to Mount Stuart during the season. Our fantastic value season tickets means you can enjoy regular days out to explore the splendour of our House, Gardens and Grounds. 

Gift Aid

The Mount Stuart Trust participates in the Gift Aid scheme. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can help Mount Stuart by making a Gift Aid declaration. By making a donation of 10% above the admission rate we are able to claim Gift Aid on the whole amount. What this means is that we can claim an additional 25p for every £1.00 that is donated.  Read more.