Auchinleck House Open Days

Ochiltree, Ayrshire

Saturday 31 August - Sunday 1 September 2024, 10am - 4pm

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Join us to explore Auchinleck House on Saturday 31 August - Sunday 1 September 2024. Please note, entry is split into morning or afternoon slots. Please ensure you select the correct slot when booking your ticket. We are opening this building in association with Doors Open Days.

Auchinleck House was built between 1755 and 1760 by Alexander Boswell, 8th Laird of Auchinleck (1707-1782) and the father of James Boswell (1740-1795) the celebrated diarist and biographer of Samuel Johnson. It was the third house to be built on an estate granted to Boswell’s forebears in the 14th century.

This is your chance to visit the property and learn more about its rich history. Admission is free, and leaflets on the building's history and children's activity sheets will be available on site. Whilst booking is not essential we would ask that you register for the event via Eventbrite so that we can provide you with updates regarding the event.

Open Day entry

Due to the historic nature of our buildings we have a limited capacity for our Open Day events. You may therefore be asked to wait a short time while other visitors finish their visit. Whilst booking is not essential, priority will be given to those who have booked in advance. Thank you for your co-operation.

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Please note that due to the nature of our historic buildings and places, some may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or certain disabilities. Both entrances to access this building are via steps and unfortunately we do not have a ramp.

We do all we can to enable access wherever possible; if you have any access concerns that you’d like to discuss before visiting, please contact our Booking Enquiries team on 01628 825925 or [email protected]. The Booking Office is open Mon to Fri - 9am to 5pm.

Donating to Landmark

As a charity, the Landmark Trust relies on donations to support our work. We couldn’t have rescued over 200 Landmarks without the support of people like you. Your support saves historic buildings in danger of being lost forever and makes them available for all to experience and enjoy. Your donation could help train the craftspeople needed to restore buildings like this, or it could offer opportunities to young people to experience history first-hand, through our open days and free stays for study groups.