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Stewartry, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway,
Scotland, DG7 1RX

01556 502575

01556) 502683

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

Estate & Garden; all year; 7 days a week; 10.00am - 5pm/sunset.
Walled Garden & Glasshouse; all year; 7 days a week; 10.00am - 5pm (4.30pm Fri)
Visitor Centre, Countryside Centre & Exhbtn. 1st Feb - 31st Mar; Fri, Sat & Sun only (closed Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs) 10am - 5pm,
1st Apr - 31st Oct; daily; 10am - 5pm and 1st Nov - 23rd Dec; Fri, Sat, Sun only; 10am - 5pm.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

pre-book on 01556 502575. Coach parking - 50 yards from visitor reception, shop and restaurant.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

1st Apr - 31st Oct; daily; 11am - 3.30pm. Guided tours only, max 12 people, two per hour admission by timed ticket - booking essential

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring Summer

To see:

300 varieties of daffodil in massed displays. Herbaceous material and fruit & vegetables in Walled Garden.

Admission Prices

House & Garden: Adult £12.00; Concession £8.50; Family £28; Family (1 parent) £22. Garden only: Adult £7.00; Concession £6.0; Family £16.50; Family (1 parent) £10.50

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events

Daffodils, trees and shrubs collection, various individual gardens, bedding display, stunning views out and much more. Fascinating Maxwelton Collection of local bygones in Threave House.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Anchor Hotel, Kippford Longacre Manor Selkirk Arms, Kirkcudbright


Selkirk Arms, Kirkcudbright

Inns & Pubs:

Anchor Hotel, Kippford

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

Threave is delightful in all seasons. It is best known for its spectacular springtime daffodils, nearly 200, some of which are unique varieties. The garden spans some 60 acres and is made up of a large series of individual display gardens set amongst a wooded area with amazing views out to the surrounding countryside.

The individual gardens include the Rock Garden, the Sculpture Garden, an ericaceous Garden, a walled fruit, flower and vegetable garden, Secret Garden, a rose garden, a heather garden and a wooded garden. There are also herbaceous borders, annual bedding displays and display glass houses. There is a dwarf conifer collection, an orchard, a number of water features and waterfalls and a fine collection of trees and shrubs. The garden is used as a training ground for the National Trust of Scotland's School of Heritage Gardening.

The wider estate includes beautiful walks, bird hides and a special protection area for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl. Threave Estate is Scotland's first Bat Reserve where 7 species of the 9 bats known in Scotland may be seen. Also, there has been three years of successful breeding by ospreys and the nest may be observed from a platform on the river Dee.

History Of Garden

Threave Castle and its lands were originally a country sporting estate which the Trust took on from Major A. F. Gordon, DSO, MC in 1959. The garden at this point was non-existent, apart from shelter belts, daffodil banks and a walled fruit and vegetable garden. Since 1960 the Trust has continued to develop what one sees today mainly as a teaching facility for training practical horticulture.

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