Broughton House & Garden, Kirkcudbright

Categories: Art Museums, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 190 reviews on the web
Right in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty artists’ colony on the Solway Firth, this 18th-century Georgian house is the former home of Scottish painter E A Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys.

Painstakingly preserved and recreated, it’s a living museum of Hornel’s life and work, packed to the rafters with his paintings and those of his contemporaries, as well as his vast library, which includes one of the world’s biggest collections of works by Robert Burns.

Nestled behind the house, backing on to the River Dee, is Hornel’s beautiful garden. Greatly influenced by his love of Japan, it’s a curious and colourful mixture of Eastern and Western horticulture and sculpture that is a delight to explore.
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  • We visited in the Autumn towards the end of the season. I thought this showed a wonderful view of the garden as it transitioned from the summer show. A wonderful way to spend a day (and a nice cafe). 
  • First time I was here was over seven years ago however there have been some changes in the meantime which have made it even better. The house is great and well interpreted however the gardens are real...  read more »
  • National treasure - a phrase much bandied about, but in this case very deserving, for Broughton House is definitely one of Scotland's national treasures. We visited on a glorious autumn day in October...  read more »
  • A fascinating house in the middle of the beautiful Kirkudbright. The house itself houses many works of art and is lovely to explore. The garden is a real surprise running all the way down to the river and created with style and some humour
  • Came here not knowing much about E A Hornel but were soon welcomed in from the rain to look around. Unfortunately it was too wet to see the garden but the house is amazing - very informative.
  • Beautiful garden, amazing house
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