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Holmwood

Classical elegance and architectural tricks distinguish Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s finest domestic creation

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to Holmwood – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.


Storage is available for pushchairs while you explore the house. Baby back carriers are not admitted.

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 holmwood@nts.org.uk or telephone 0141 571 0184.

Pre-booking

We’re delighted to be able to welcome visitors to Holmwood once again.

We’ve introduced an advance booking system to help manage visitor numbers and maintain safe, social distancing. Members can book for free and non-members are able to pay when booking.

Please note that if you do not book in advance, there is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate you.

Facilities & access

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.

Disabled parking is available at the rear of the house, and there is wheelchair access at the side.

Accessible toilet
Baby changing

Teas and coffees are served in the kitchen courtyard.

Children’s activities
Coach parking

Dogs are welcome in the grounds if kept on a lead.

Guided tours (maximum of 15 people per tour) are available, normally lasting around 1½ hours. Special interest architectural tours are available for a small extra charge.

  • There’s an audio tour with an inductive ear hook.
  • The audio tour is also available in French and German.

Ample car parking is available at the rear of the house. Parking is free for members.

The grounds are suitable for picnics.

Visitors are greeted by classical patterns etched into the sandstone of the house, as well as elegant cupolas, columns and floor-to-ceiling windows. Step inside to see friezes depicting scenes from The Iliad in painstaking detail. Look out for some of Thomson’s clever architectural tricks – in the dining room the door frames are tapered to give the impression of temple-high ceilings; elsewhere he created ‘false doors’ for symmetrical effect.

Follow the progress of our conservation work as we gradually reveal Thomson’s original stencilled wall decoration, much of which had been painted or papered over by subsequent owners. The dining room ceiling has been restored to its former glory with the recreation of original paint schemes and re-gilding of the cornice.

During 2019, work to restore the original paint schemes in the main entrance, stairway and dining room was completed. This project continued during 2020 to restore the original schemes in the parlour and drawing room.

There’s a shop in the original kitchen and pantry of the house. Produce from the kitchen garden is available in season, including herbs.

Toilet

There are pretty riverside grounds to explore as well as a small kitchen garden, planted with a range of Victorian herbs, fruit and vegetables.

  • Holmwood is fully accessible, with a lift to the first floor.
  • A wheelchair is available.
  • The grounds consist of wooded areas with grass; there are no hard surfaces.

Opening times

House

Pre-booked visits only

1 Jan–25 Jun, closed Current period26 Jun–31 Oct, Sat & Sun, 12.00–17.00 (last entry 16.30) 1 Nov–28 Feb 2022, closed

Entry prices

House and grounds
Adult
£8.50
Concession
£6.00
Young Scot
£1.00
Family
£20.50
One adult family
£14.00
Grounds only
Adult
Free

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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