A garden for all seasons, landscaped beauty and a haven for wildlife
Discover the secret garden.
Take in the soothing sounds of the water features.
Explore the family-friendly Discovery Garden and wildlife hides.
Join an evening walk to look for rare bats.
View ospreys and wildfowl from the viewing platform in the nature reserve.
Threave’s wonderful garden has been created over the years by students of the NTS School of Heritage Gardening – and is a fine example of landscaped beauty. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including a rose garden, rockery and walled garden.
At the centre stands the Scottish Baronial Threave House, designed in 1871 for the Gordon family. Many of its rooms are displayed as they were in the 1930s.
The wider estate caters for more adventurous tastes, and includes our flagship bat reserve. The nature reserve is a Special Protection Area for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl – pink-footed geese and Greenland white-fronted geese are regular visitors.
Threave is open all year, so you can enjoy the garden in every season.
There are plenty of features to explore, including the Discovery Garden for children, glasshouses, cascades and rock gardens, ponds, a walled garden, and a bird hide in Kelton Hill Wood, where red squirrels are often seen too.
A guided tour of Threave House provides a fascinating insight into the story of the Gordon family – booking in advance is advisable.
The wider estate has trails and woodland walks to enjoy, leading to viewpoints, the nature reserve and the River Dee. The nature reserve includes wildlife hides and an osprey viewing platform. Peregrine falcons, red squirrels, waders, kingfishers and otters make their home here. At dusk, see if you can spot some of our rare beautiful bats in their natural habitat – Threave is Scotland's only Bat Reserve.
Make time to visit the impressive ruins of Threave Castle (managed by Historic Environment Scotland). Situated on a small island in the middle of the river, it’s only accessible by a short ferry ride, which you can summon by ringing a bell on the jetty.
There is a well-stocked gift shop and plant centre with rare and Threave-grown plants for sale.
Make time to enjoy home-made soups and sweet treats in our cafés.
A day may not be long enough to see everything at Threave! Come and stay in one of the 3 holiday cottages on the estate.
Assistance dogs only are allowed into the garden and woodland walks. However, dog owners are welcome to walk their dogs on the rest of Threave Estate.
There is a car park near the visitor centre, and parking is free for members.
Admission to Threave House is by guided tour only (maximum of 12 people per group).
Visitors are advised to book in advance by phoning 01556 502575.
Coach parking is available 50m from the visitor centre.
Threave Bat Reserve also has special education resources – please contact the Ranger Service for further information on 01556 503702.
There is dedicated disabled parking adjacent to the visitor centre.
The visitor centre, café, shop and toilets are all on one level. There is a garden viewpoint from the visitor centre and Terrace Café.
Threave House has five main rooms to see – there are steps up to the main entrance and stairs to the main floor.
There are some inclines in the grounds although the tarmac paths allow easy access.
A manual wheelchair and two mobility scooters are available for hire (please book in advance).
Guided touch tours of the house are available (please book in advance).
Explanatory text is available in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Threave Garden & Estate is 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.