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Sun 19

Private Tours

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun 19

Mary Queen of Scots – Exhibition Viewing

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wed 22

Family Garden Tour

May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Thu 23

Scottish Rhododendron Festival Tours

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Private Tours

Join us for a Private Tour to enjoy a personalised glimpse of Mount Stuart!

Private Tours are available 11am every Thursday and Sunday until 27th October. For out of season Private Tours please get in touch for details.

Rooms viewed may vary from those advertised due to ongoing conservation work. Pre-booking is essential, minimum 2 guests per booking, 48 hours notice required, dates subject to availability and any bookings outwith these times are subject to a 30% surcharge. Group discounts are available.

For further details or to make a booking please contact the Visitor Experience Team tel: 01700 503877 or email contactus@mountstuart.com.

We offer reservations at Bute Kitchen for Sunday Lunch if you book as a package to guarantee table availability.

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Visual Arts Programme – Martin Boyce

An Inn for Phantoms of the Outside and In
26 May to 18 November 2019

Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Martin Boyce this summer.

Martin presents a major outdoor commission in the landscaped grounds of Mount Stuart. Inspired by the memory of a tennis court long since dismantled, his ongoing interest in abandoned and disused spaces is awakened. The original court is undocumented, a relic from the 1970’s, and by connecting with previous works such as the iconic 2002 Tramway installation Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours, Martin continues his exploration of sites in between use and misuse: “one place shipwrecked within another”.

Visual Arts

Mary, Queen of Scots Exhibition

2 May – 27 October 2019

Mary Stuart (1542-1587) – or Mary, Queen of Scots as she is commonly known – has long been a source of fascination, in Scotland and beyond. She has been the subject of numerous paintings, plays, books and films – and no wonder, when her biography reads like a Gothic novel. Her tragic tale includes three doomed marriages, alleged adultery, murder, imprisonment and execution. While many of the sordid details of her life and death are well-documented, others still are shrouded in mystery and obscured by centuries of rumor, romance and fantasy. This exhibition looks at both the real historical figure and the romantic cultural icon.

The diverse range of Mary-related materials you will see, including historic manuscripts, paintings, needlework and books,  belong to the Bute Collection, one of the foremost private collections of art and artefacts in the UK. Many of the items were acquired in the early twentieth century by the Scottish history enthusiast John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute. However, some of the acquisitions date as far back as the late eighteenth century, indicating that Mary, Queen of Scots has been a Bute family interest for nearly three hundred years. Notably, as descendents of Robert II, the Crichton-Stuarts of Bute are, in fact, distant relatives of the Queen herself.