Dumfries House

Type:Historic House / Palace

Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, KA18 2NJ

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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.

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.




  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Opening Times

Estate Grounds are open 365 days per year from dawn to dusk. The Queen Elizabeth Garden is open at the discretion of the Gardeners dependant on prevailing weather conditions.

Dumfries House, House Tours and Grand Tours are available throughout the summer season but only offer limited access through the winter season on a Saturday & Sunday. Find out tour times here.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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