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Dumfries House

Dumfries House

Details

Commissioned by William Crichton Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, the House was designed by renowned 18th Century architect brothers John, Robert and James Adam and built between 1754 and 1759.
Recognised as one of the Adam brothers' masterpieces it remained unseen by the public since it was built 250 years ago until it opened its doors as a visitor attraction in June 2008. The former home of the Marquesses of Bute, it was saved for the nation at the eleventh hour by a consortium of organisations and individuals brought together by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.
The house holds the most important collection of works from Thomas Chippendale's 'Director' period. It is widely recognised that Scotland was a testing ground for Thomas Chippendale's early rococo furniture and the Dumfries House collection is regarded as his key project in this area.
Dumfries House also holds the most comprehensive range of pieces by Edinburgh furniture makers Alexander Peter, William Mathie and Francis Brodie. Indeed, the Scottish furniture together with the Chippendale collection is of outstanding worldwide historical significance.

Facilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Disabled accessDogs accepted

Pre-booking of tours is recommended (Online at www.dumfries-house.org.uk or via the Booking Line 01290 421742). Tour times may vary. Suitablity for the Disabled: Stairlift. WCs. 1 wheelchair per tour. Guided Tours: Obligatory. Parking: Cars ample. Coaches ample. Suitability for Dogs: On leads in grounds only. Guide dogs only in the house.

Opening details

Summer season:
Apr-Oct (inclusive) 7 days/week - tours from 10.45am to 3.30pm (check website for Sat openings).Guided tours at frequent intervals. Winter season: Nov-Mar (inclusive) Sat and Sun only. Sat - please check website Sun - 12.15pm and 1.45pm only.
Please note: The House is closed over the Christmas and New Year period.
Please be advised that you should go to www.dumfrieshouse.org.uk to confirm any House closures before your visit.

Prices

Admission
House Tour: Adults £9.00, HHA members free, Art Fund Free, Historic Scotland Members 25% discount
Child (5-16 yrs) £4.00
Grand Tour: Adults £13.00, Art Fund 50% discount, Child (5-16 yrs) £4.00
Art Tour - Wednesday Only (July-Sept) Adults £13.00, Art Fund 50% discount.

Address

Dumfries House,
Cumnock,
East Ayrshire,
Scotland,
KA18 2NJ

Location

Directions

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Map reference: NS 539200  Lat: 55.45206 Long: -4.31028

Facilities

  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Pre-booking of tours is recommended (Online at www.dumfries-house.org.uk or via the Booking Line 01290 421742). Tour times may vary. Suitablity for the Disabled: Stairlift. WCs. 1 wheelchair per tour. Guided Tours: Obligatory. Parking: Cars ample. Coaches ample. Suitability for Dogs: On leads in grounds only. Guide dogs only in the house.