Dumfries House

Historic Buildings & Homes

Dumfries House Estate, Cumnock, Ayrshire, KA18 2NJ

    Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets.

    Admission to Dumfries House is by guided tour only. There is no charge for admission onto the Estate.

    Saved by the intervention of HRH the Prince of Wales in 2007, Dumfries House combines the architecture of Robert Adam with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale and leading 18th century Scottish cabinet makers.  The house and original contents, which include nearly 10% of Chippendale’s surviving work, represent one of the most important documents of the Scottish Enlightenment. Recently having been fastidiously restored to its original splendour, the house is open to the public all year round.  You can take one of our expert guided tours around the stunning interiors and savour the delights of this now resplendent 18th century stately home.

    The Dumfries House Estate retains much of the original 18th century landscape design and is open to walkers daily from dawn to dusk. The Main Gates close for cars at 6pm. Visitors can explore the beautiful setting with ancient trees, the Adam Bridge, river walks, a doo’cot  and the wildlife. Exciting modern developments are also in progress supporting  the social, educational and economical aspirations of the Dumfries House project. Please check our website for more details.

    Tour Types

    House Tour: A concise tour of the Principal Interiors . 1 hour.

    Admission Prices:             Adult: £8.50        Child: £4.00         Historic Scotland Members: £6.38 (25% discount)              Art Fund Members: Free

    Grand Tour: An extended House Tour which includes the Bedroom Floor and Picture Gallery . I hour 30 mins.

    Admission Prices:             Adult: £12.50      Child: £4.00         Art Fund: £6.25 (50% discount)

    Art Tour:      Enjoy a tour of the house through its fine paintings. Loans from the National Galleries of Scotland and the Fleming-Wyfold Art  Foundation will feature on this 90 minute tour of the Arts. Available every Wednesday at 11:30 from mid-April onwards.

    Admission Prices:             Adult: £12.50      Child: £4.00        

    Family tours:     These popular ½ hour mini tours are available during school holidays only. Daily at 12:45. Admission £4.00 per person


    Pre-booking tickets for tours is advised, but not necessary. Visitors can check same day availability by calling the booking line (01290) 421742, or simply ‘drop-in’ on tours and pay on arrival. Maximum 20 per tour.


    5 Historic House
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening times 2016
    1 Mar 2015 - 31 Oct 2016

    Mar-Oct: House open every day. Tours from 11am. Last tour admission at 3pm. House closes at 4pm.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Dinner Available
    • Evening Meal Available
    • Kiosk/ Shop
    • Restaurant
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Telephone
    • Toilets

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • No credit cards accepted
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Parking


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Remote Location

    Special Requirements

    • Families
    • Pets Allowed
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Road Directions

    By Car

    The arrival point is on the south side of the estate off the A70 Cumnock to Ayr road. Brown tourist road signs are situated locally.

    SAT NAV: Use postcode KA18 2NJ.

    Parking areas are signposted. Limited car parking is provided around the house with an overflow area approximately 250 metres from the House.

    Disabled car parking is available in close proximity to the House.

    By Coach

    Coach Parking is available in close proximity to the House by pre-booking only. Please follow brown tourist signs for coach access, which is off the A70 at The Dumfries House Lodge entrance.

    From Ayr

    Take the A70 signposted to Cumnock. Stay on the A70 travelling through Coylton and Ochiltree, and follow the brown tourist signs for Dumfries House thereafter. 

    From Cumnock

    Take the A70 towards Ayr and follow brown tourist signs for Dumfries House. 

    So we can prepare for your arrival, Group Organisers are requested to confirm their expected arrival times in advance, where possible by calling 01290 425959 (Option 4). Coach drivers will be provided with complimentary tea or coffee in our café.

    Public Transport Directions

    Coming From Glasgow

    Take the Service 19 train from Glasgow, ENSURE THAT THE TRAIN REACHES AUCHINLECK AS NOT ALL OF THEM DO. These run every hour until 1300. From the station walk down to the road and turn left, you should be walking uphill, and carry on until you reach the mini roundabout. Go straight ahead and take the turning on the left after the petrol station. Carry on over the bridge and turn right at the t-junction on the other side of the bridge and go under the bypass. Then take the immediate left, go through the gates and follow the estate road down to the House. The walk should take no more than forty five minutes. This train continues on to Carlisle.


    Alternatively you can get the either the X77 or the X76 bus from Buchanan St Bus station.


    Coming From Ayr

    Take the Number 46 bus from the Bus Station.

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