Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately Homes. Designed by the Adam brothers, it has a truly outstanding collection of 18th century furniture including fine examples of Thomas Chippendale’s work. It sits elegantly in 2,000 acres of beautiful landscape in Scotland’s rural Ayrshire.
In 2007 HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay used £20million of his own charitable foundation money and personally brokered a deal to secure the house and its collection of furniture thus famously saving it for the nation. The idea was to create a sustainable business that would help regenerate the local economy in East Ayrshire. The success of this venture is evident when one visits Dumfries House and its estate where many new local businesses have sprung up in recent years.
The Festival’s own aims are entirely in tune with those of Dumfries House and with the Festival outgrowing its previous home at nearby Auchinleck House, the opportunity to move our main programme to Dumfries House presented an obvious and most welcome solution while enabling the Festival to explore and fulfill its creative potential.
30 Minutes Mini-Tours
£5 through Dumfries House website or buy on the day. Click here to visit the Dumfries House website.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the superb interiors and treasures of Dumfries House which have been restored to their original splendour. Combining the architecture of Robert Adam and his brother with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale and leading 18th century Scottish cabinet makers, the house and original contents, which include nearly 10% of Chippendale’s surviving work, represent one of the most important documents of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Saturday & Sunday Tour times:
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