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Gardens & Cafe Visits

Opening Times

Our gardens & Courtyard Café are open daily 10.00am-5.00pm and we have two slots available for visiting: 10am – 1.30pm and 1.30pm – 5pm. You will be asked to select your preferred time when booking. If tickets for your preferred date and time are unavailable, then we have reached our maximum capacity for that time slot.

Entrance Charges

Standard garden entry is £5.00 for adults and free for children under 16.

For Isle of Bute residents, as a thank you for staying local and safe, we are offering free entry to the gardens during May. When booking we ask that you use the free garden entry button and bring proof of island residence with you on your visit.

Locals wishing to use the Courtyard Café only, should book using the complimentary café admission button. This offer is available throughout the season.

What if I have an HHA, ASVA or RHS card?

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back too, so simply use the free entry button and bring your current card along with you as proof of membership.

How do we access the gardens & cafe?

Access to the gardens is via the main entrance to the attraction which is clearly signposted. Parking is available in our visitor car park which is situated next to the Biomass building close to the main house. Members and previous visitors should note that the car park has moved locations, please follow the signage.

There are accessible parking spaces next to the main house, please follow the signage.

The public bus service 90/490 operated by West Coast Motors runs daily and stops at the edge of the attraction grounds. Please be aware that the bus stop is situated a 20-25 minute walk from the House, Café and toilets. Further details are available here.

Will we be able to get refreshments while we visit?

Light refreshments are available from the Courtyard Cafe. This is a simple offering of sandwiches, salads, homemade cakes, traybakes, ice-creams and hot/cold drinks. All sourced locally where possible and prepared fresh daily.

Picnic areas with benches are available close to the main house or you are welcome to bring a blanket and set up a picnic in our gardens or private beach.

Please be aware that we are only able to offer outdoor seating at present and we would encourage you to dress for the weather.



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