Places to visit

Broughton House & Garden

Broughton House & Garden

Home and studio of 'Glasgow Boy' Hornel, and a fabulous time capsule of the Edwardian art scene

  • Cross into the Edwardian world of Scottish artist E A Hornel. 

  • Admire the large display of Hornel’s paintings, as well as those of his Scottish contemporaries.

  • Browse the huge library containing over 50,000 items, including one of the world’s largest collections of works by Robert Burns.

  • Wander through the beautiful garden with its colourful blend of Eastern and Western horticulture.

Broughton House stands in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty town and artists’ colony on the Solway Firth. The house has been beautifully refurbished to create a living museum dedicated to Hornel’s life and work.  

E A Hornel – one of the famous early 20th-century ‘Glasgow Boys’ – bought this pink Georgian building in 1901 and made it his studio as well as his home. Hornel was a colourist with an eye for sensual detail – many of his works hang in the house alongside those of his contemporaries. He was also an avid collector, and his vast library includes one of the world’s largest collections of works by Robert Burns.

Outside, Hornel and his sister designed the beautiful Japanese-style garden, inspired by their travels in the Far East.