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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


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.


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


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.

Our new museum space will showcase Hornel’s magnificent collection of rare books, manuscripts and artefacts, revealing the hidden story of his ambition to preserve and promote the history of Galloway and southern Scotland for future generations.


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).


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


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


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.

Hire a venue

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