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Broughton House & Garden

The home of ‘Glasgow Boy’ Hornel sits in a Japanese-inspired garden and hosts an impressive collection of art

Planning your visit

Please see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit.

For more information about planning your visit, please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by email on broughtonhouse@nts.org.uk or telephone 01557 330437.

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Facilities & access


  • There are steps up to the front door without a handrail.
  • There are steps, stairs and changes of level throughout the house, with some narrow doorways.
  • The house is not suitable for larger wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
  • Above the lower ground floor, the property is currently only accessible to visitors who can manage unaided. (We’re planning to improve access to other floors in the house – please check the website before your visit.)
  • For visitors who need assistance, a video entry system from the lane at the side of the house provides access to most of the lower ground floor rooms, including a new exhibition area and Hornel’s Studio. 


  • Garden benches are available on the lawns and overlooking the River Dee. 
  • Part of the garden can be viewed from Hornel’s Studio. 
  • The narrow garden paths are not suitable for wider wheelchairs or mobility scooters. 
  • The paving in the garden is very uneven and sometimes slippery.
  • We’re planning to improve access to the garden for wheelchair users and visitors needing assistance – please check the website before your visit.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Accessible toilet
Buggy access

We offer a children’s quiz as well as colouring-in sheets.

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.

Guided tours give a brief introduction to Hornel, his art, travels and collections, as well as explaining the history of his magnificent home.

Tours take place every Monday at 2.15pm and Friday at 10.30am (subject to availability), starting from reception. The tour costs £2 per person (minimum 4 people; maximum 10). The tour lasts approximately 25 minutes and will visit all public floors of the house, involving some stairs. 

For further details and to book your ticket, please call 01557 330437. 

Changes to tour times/dates will be advertised at the front of the house.

Special interest tours (eg covering specific collections or garden tours) are also available but must be booked in advance. Why not book a special tour as a present to family or friends?

Tours for large groups and coach parties should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. To discuss your requirements please call 01557 330437.

Light refreshments are now available at Broughton House. Please ask a member of our team if you need any more information.

There are also a number of cafés and tearooms in Kirkcudbright.

  • Large print guides are available throughout the house.
  • Large print guides are available in the garden room.

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.


Broughton House is a real treat for art-lovers: it’s 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.

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.