Dumfries House

sights / Architecture

Dumfries House information

adult/child £9/4, HS members £6.75
Opening hours
tours 10.45am-3.30pm Sun-Fri, 10.45am & noon Sat Mar-Oct, 12.15pm & 1.45pm Sat & Sun Nov-Feb, closed mid-Dec–early Jan
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A Palladian mansion designed in the 1750s by the Adam brothers, Dumfries House is an architectural jewel: such is its preservation that Prince Charles personally intervened to ensure its protection. It contains an extraordinarily well-preserved collection of Chippendale furniture and numerous objets d’art. Visits are by guided tour; book ahead by phone or internet. There’s a discount for Historic Scotland members. The daily Grand Tour (adult/child £13/4) also takes you to the bedrooms upstairs and the grounds. There’s a cafe here.

The house is located 13 miles east of Ayr, near Cumnock. Bus it from Ayr or Dumfries to Cumnock and walk or cab it the 2 miles to the house; you can also get a train from Glasgow to Auchinleck.