Arbigland House and Gardens
Opening the historic Gardens of Arbigland House to the public and offering talks on the history of the House and Gardens. There are also holiday lets.
William Craik, the father of the agricultural revolution in Scotland, built the Adams-style Arbigland House in the 1750s and started to lay out the Gardens. The Gardens were subsequently developed, particularly in the period between the 1880s and 1940s. Craik's illegitimate son, James, was George Washington's physician; his daughter, Helen, a poet, novelist and friend of Robert Burns who visited the House; his gardener's son, John Paul Jones, the founder of the US Navy; and his Minister's son, John Campbell, the inventor of the brass sextant, the first Captain of HMS Victory, the Governor of Newfoundland and the Royal Navy's Vice Admiral of the White. The Gardens are now being re-opened to the public and talks given about the historic significance of the House and those connected to it. There are also holiday lets.
The Gardens are open every afternoon from May to October. Tickets may be bought from the neighbouring John Paul Jones Museum. £4.50 adult, £4.00 concessions, children free. From June, a talk and tour in the House may be booked at the Museum for £2.00 adult. A discount of £1.00 is offered for anyone buying tickets for both the Museum and the Gardens.
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