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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.


Pre-booking

We know that many people can’t wait to return to Holmwood but we also need to keep you safe during your visit. We have to limit the numbers of visitors in the house at any one time so that we avoid overcrowding and ensure physical distancing.

We have set up a pre-booking system to make your tour around the house easier and safer. We will cap ticket numbers each day so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. No more than six people will be permitted per half-hour time slot. In accordance with government guidelines, booking groups should contain no more than two household groups.

We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the house.

Please call us on 0141 571 0184 on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am–2pm to book your tour slot.


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.

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 will continue during 2020 and we will 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

Last entry 15.30.

1 Jan–11 Sep, closed Current period12 Sep–31 Oct, Sat, 12.00–16.00 1 Nov–31 Dec, closed

Entry prices

House and grounds
Adult
£7.50
Family
£18.50
One adult family
£12.50
Concession
£5.50
Grounds only
Adult
£2.50
Concession
£2.50

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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