3 Events at Threave Garden and Estate

  • Bat Walks

    Bat Walks

    Dates:Dates between : Tue 21 Jun - Tue 18 Oct Location:Threave Garden and Estate

    A Guided bat walk around Threave Estate.


    Join us on a guided bat walk using bat detectors to discover the secret world of bats at Threave. Outdoor clothing essential and midge repellent.

    Early booking highly recommended - max 10 people per walk.

    Please call Threave Gardens Visitor Centre on 01556 502 575 to book.

    Meet at Visitor Centre Car Park at 9.30pm

    Bat walks are running from June 2016 to October 2016. Please see the events calendar for full dates and times.

    Dates & Times:

    • 18 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 19:30


    • Adult : £ 2.00
    • Child : £ 1.00


    For further information please call 01556 502 575


    Book by phone on 01556 502 575
  • Halloween at Threave Garden Halloween Fun

    Halloween at Threave Garden

    Dates:Fri 28 Oct Location:Threave Garden and Estate

    Halloween at Threave Garden, Friday 28 October 2016


    Spooky fun for all the family from 6pm to 9pm:

    Apple bobbing and traditional Halloween games

    Ghastly fancy dress competition

    Spooky walks in the garden

    Children’s merry go round

    Turnip lantern competition

    Local cider and apple pressing

    Firework finale

    Plus, new for this year, dare you visit Haunted Threave House to discover the secrets of the ancient curse and other ghostly stories?

    Terrace Café and Stables Café will be open for the evening.

    Restricted parking – please use the free bus service from Castle Douglas.

    Please note: the scary Haunted House experience by Folksy Theatre is available for accompanied children aged 8 or over; and for unaccompanied children aged 12 or over.

    Access to whole event adult £8, child £4. Access to event excluding Haunted House adult £2, child £1.

    Advance booking advisable to avoid disappointment. Please call 01556 502575

    This event is produced by NTS in partnership with Castle Douglas Development Forum.

    Dates & Times:

    • 28 Oct 2016 : 18:00 - 21:00


    For further information please call 01556 502575
  • Not so Strictly with Cafe Largo

    Not so Strictly with Cafe Largo

    Dates:Sun 13 Nov Location:Threave Garden and Estate

    An afternoon of dancing at Threave


    Come and join us at Threave on Sunday, 13 November for an afternoon of dancing in the Terrace Cafe – Not so Strictly! – to the music of Café Largo.

    Enjoy live music to get your toes tapping and your feet dancing! Plus tea/coffee, cakes and scones in the interval.

    Tickets available from our shop - £8.50 including refreshments. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment – 01556 502575

    The fun starts at 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

    Dates & Times:

    • 13 Nov 2016 : 13:30 - 16:30


    For further information please call 01556 502575

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

28 Sep
  • Estate: all year daily
  • Garden: 10.00 - 17.00
  • House (Tours only): Closed
  • Shop: 10.00 - 17.00
  • Plant Centre: 10.00 - 17.00
  • Terrace Café: 10.00 - 17.00
  • Stables Café: Closed
Opening times are for today Use the buttons to change date or see all dates in calendar.
Please note that Threave House will be closed for repairs from Monday 5 September 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • 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