|Dates||Open Daily 7 April to 31 August 2014|
We are delighted to welcome our ever-growing number of visitors to our award winning Visitor Centre. Its facilities can also host a variety of corporate, educational or private events. Upon arrival at Mount Stuart, admission tickets for the House and Grounds can be purchased from the Reception Desk on the ground floor. Our welcoming staff will be able to update you with tour times, and any other activities taking place during your visit.
Designed by the architect Alfred Munkenbeck of Munkenbeck & Marshall, this striking building was opened by Richard Attenborough in June 2001. It is an unashamedly modern building that stands in stark contrast to the Victorian Gothic splendour of Mount Stuart. Inside, you will find an impressive Restaurant, Gift Shop and 50-seat auditorium. The Garden Centre and eatBute Farm Shop are situated directly opposite. The adventure play area sits conveniently alongside the Visitor Centre.
Complementing and accentuating the beauty of its natural surroundings, the Visitor Centre is wrapped in weathering hardwood louvres, with frameless glass walls on the upper floor overlooking pasture, gardens and the secluded coastline beyond.
As we had hoped, the Centre has become an attraction in its own right: shortly after opening, the building was awarded the Glasgow Institute of Architects' Design Award for 2001, the 2002 RIBA Award and was short-listed for the Stirling Prize.