Places to visit

Broughton House & Garden

Broughton House is a real treat for art-lovers: it is packed to the rafters with paintings, photographs and sculpture. Take a look inside Hornel’s bright, airy studio at the back of the house, set up to show how he worked. Marvel at the large display of his works in the stunning gallery, custom built by Hornel to exhibit his paintings to clients. Displays in the Exhibition Room are changed every year to show different items of interest.

Outside the house, Hornel’s love of oriental flora can be seen in a beautiful garden that backs on to the River Dee. Winding paths and arching branches beckon you to explore the hidden corners.  

  • Dogs on a lead are allowed in the garden, and we always have a bowl of fresh water at the front door on hot days.
  • We offer a children's quiz as well as colouring-in sheets.
  • Please make an appointment (at least two weeks in advance) if you wish to use the archive for research.

On-street parking is available outside the house (although the High Street can be busy); further parking is available around the town and in nearby car parks.

A visit normally lasts around 1.5 hours.

Group and school visits are welcome in the morning – please book in advance. Topics include An Edwardian Home, Art Styles at Broughton House and Local Literature. 

Special interest tours (maximum 10 people) are available – pre-booking is required.

Coaches can drop off visitors outside the property and park at Harbour Square, 200m away.

There are steps up to the front door without a handrail – disabled access is via the side lane, entering at lower ground level. There is a lift to access the upper ground floor.

There is an accessible toilet (also with baby changing facilities).

Toilets and the shop are on the lower ground floor.

Lightweight portable seats are available and there are seats in most rooms.

Garden benches are available on the lawns and overlooking the River Dee. Part of the garden can also be viewed from the studio. The garden has a patio area for viewing. The narrow paths are not suitable for wider wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The paving in the garden is very uneven and sometimes slippery.

Large-print information is available.

Information sheets are available in French and German.