Threave Garden & Estate
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Threave Garden & Estate

Threave walled garden. A stone urn with a topiary tree stands in the middle of gravel paths, surrounded by colourful flower beds.

A garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife, with an osprey platform and bat reserve

About this place

  • Visit the only Scottish garden dedicated to the training of horticulturists, home of the School of Heritage Gardening since 1960.
  • Discover the unique garden design, where each ‘garden room’ showcases a different gardening style and planting scheme.
  • Enjoy stunning views over the Galloway Hills and the Ken/Dee valley, and keep an eye out for soaring ospreys, red kites and peregrine falcons over our wetlands nature reserve.
  • Join a guided walk around Scotland’s only Bat Reserve! We have eight species of bats and a dedicated conservation programme to protect them. 
  • Explore one of Scotland’s most biodiverse nature reserves, with a remarkable collection of wildlife, flora and fauna. 

Threave’s wonderful garden has been created over the years by students of the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening – and is a fine example of landscaped beauty. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including a rose garden, rockery and walled garden.

At the centre stands Threave House, designed in the Scottish Baronial style in 1871 for the Gordon family. Many of its rooms are displayed as they were in the 1930s.

The wider estate caters for more adventurous tastes, and includes our flagship bat reserve. The nature reserve is a Special Protection Area for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl – pink-footed geese and Greenland white-fronted geese are regular visitors.

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Today’s Opening Hours

Garden & Visitor Centre
10.00–16.00
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Entry prices

Adult
£9.00
Family
£20.00
One adult family
£13.00
Concession
£8.00
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Membership

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £4.00 / month

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Accreditations and awards

  • 4 star visitor attraction award
  • Silver Green Tourism award

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Event

Scottish Tree Festival: Threave Garden Tree Trail

Saturday 28 September 2019 – Sunday 1 December 2019

Visit Threave Garden and collect your map to follow our Specimen Champion Tree Trail around the garden.

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Holidays

A day may not be long enough to see everything at Threave! Come and stay in one of the three holiday cottages on the estate.

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Volunteering

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Venue hire

Threave is the perfect venue for weddings, corporate functions and private events. 

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