• Magnolia blossoms at Threave Garden
    Magnolia blossoms at Threave Garden© Brian Chapple
  • Threave Estate covers 1,600 acres
    Threave Estate covers 1,600 acres© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Threave School of Heritage Gardening students
    Students of Threave's School of Heritage Gardening© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The pond on a frosty November morning
    The pond on a frosty November morning© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Soprano Pipistrelle Bat
    Soprano Pipistrelle Bat © Laurie Campbell
  • The gardens in late summer
    The gardens in late summer© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Stargazer Lily
    Stargazer Lily© The National Trust for Scotland

Threave Garden is in fact a series of spectacular gardens created over the years by students of the Trust's School of Heritage Gardening.

Open all year, you can enjoy the delights of these gardens in every season - from spring flowers, through summer blooms, autumn colours and winter frosts.

Take time to explore the rock garden, patio garden, secret garden, water features, heathers, conifers and herbaceous perennials.

The walled garden and glasshouses display succulent fruit and vegetables – when available, our produce is sometimes on sale to visitors in the garden, and sometimes it is used in the Terrace Cafe as part of the ingredients for our delicious homemade soups, snacks and baking.

In the fine Scottish Baronial style house, many rooms are displayed as they were in the 1930s. On a guided tour you can find out about the history of the house and the Gordon family who had it built in 1872. Admission to the house is by guided tour only, usually on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday (Easter to October). Booking in advance is advisable.

Threave is also a designated Bat Reserve - follow the bat trail to spot our wonderful rare bats.

There are delightful woodland walks just beyond the garden and further afield there is the nature reserve (towards Threave Castle and the River Dee), which includes bird hides and an Osprey viewing platform.

This is a Special Protection Area for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl - pink-footed geese and Greenland white-fronted geese are also regular visitors.

Dogs: please note that dogs, other than Assistance Dogs, are not permitted in Threave Garden. This is the enclosed garden where there is an entrance charge, or free admission to NTS members.

Dog owners are most welcome to walk their dogs over the rest of the Threave Estate – the beautiful areas beside the drive, the estate walk, and the wider nature reserve (Kelton Mains). 

Threave Garden Guidebook

Threave Garden Guidebook

Threave's spectacular gardens have been created over the years by students of the Trust's School of Practical Gardening. The gardens are constantly evolving to suit the needs of the school but they're open all year giving interest from …

Threave Garden Guidebook£4.95

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Opening times & Prices

26 Feb
  • Estate: all year daily
  • Garden: 11.00 - 15.00
  • House (Tours only): Closed
  • Shop: Closed
  • Terrace Café: Closed
  • Stables Café: Closed
Opening times are for today Use the buttons to change date or see all dates in calendar.
  • Member: FREE
  • Garden only
    Adult: £7.50
    Family: £16.50
    1 Parent: £11.00
    Concession: £6.50

    House and Garden
    Adult: £12.50
    Family: £29.50
    1 Parent: £23.00
    Concession: £9.00

Gradings & Awards

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