• The entrance to the 18th-century town house
    The entrance to the 18th-century town house© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Restored to the period in which painter E A Hornel lived
    Restored to the period in which painter E A Hornel lived© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Broughton House from the garden
    Broughton House from the garden© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Hornels Gallery
    Hornels Gallery© Antonia Reeve
  • The garden at Broughton in early June
    The garden at Broughton in early June© The National Trust for Scotland
  • E A Hornels Studio
    E A Hornels Studio© Antonia Reeve
  • The glasshouse in the garden at Broughton
    The glasshouse in the garden at Broughton© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Red Admiral Butterfly on the Asters
    Red Admiral Butterfly on the Asters© The National Trust for Scotland

Right in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty artists’ colony on the Solway Firth, this 18th-century Georgian house is the former home of Scottish painter E A Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys.

Painstakingly preserved and recreated, it’s a living museum of Hornel’s life and work, packed to the rafters with his paintings and those of his contemporaries, as well as his vast library, which includes one of the world’s biggest collections of works by Robert Burns.

Nestled behind the house, backing on to the River Dee, is Hornel’s beautiful garden. Greatly influenced by his love of Japan, it’s a curious and colourful mixture of Eastern and Western horticulture and sculpture that is a delight to explore.

Buy exclusive prints from the inspirational art collection at Broughton House - visit the NTS Prints website.


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Opening times & Prices

27 Nov
  • House: 11.00 - 16.00
  • Garden: 11.00 - 16.00
  • Last Entry: 15.30
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Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £6.50
  • Family: £16.50
  • 1 Parent: £11.50
  • Concession: £5.00

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Silver
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 4 Star

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