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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

Things to do

Self-guided tours

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.

View the work of award-winning artist Ewan McClure – a finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist and BP Portrait competitions – in Hornel’s Studio as he prepares for his next exhibition. Contact Ewan here to discuss private commissions (prices include a charitable donation to the Trust).

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.

Guided tours

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

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 approx. 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.

Exhibitions

Changing exhibitions can be viewed on both the lower ground and upper floors, providing opportunities to see rare books and treasures from Hornel’s extensive collections. These displays are included in your admission ticket. Please see our access information.

Our lower ground museum space currently showcases Japanese rare books and hand-coloured garden catalogues, clothing and artefacts along with unique photographs of traditional costumes and local scenes, all collected by Hornel during his lengthy visits to Japan in 1893 and 1920.

Research

The Burns Collection and Hornel’s extensive publication archives are available to access by appointment for those involved in academic, family and local history research. Please make an appointment at least three weeks in advance by completing an Archive Request (charges may be applicable).

Children’s activities

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

School visits

We welcome school visits at Broughton House. For more information, please see our Learning pages.

Holiday accommodation

To really make the most of the area, stay in our beautiful holiday cottage just along the road from Broughton House. Blue Door can be found in Greengate Close, the picturesque cobbled wynd where illustrator Jessie M King once lived.

Venue hire

Broughton House is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate events and private parties. For more information see our venue hire pages.