The Crichton Grounds and Gardens

Parks & Gardens
The Crichton is an 85 acre parkland estate in Dumfries with beautifully maintained grounds, gardens and arboretum. Free access and parking.

About The Crichton Grounds and Gardens

The Crichton is an 85 acre parkland estate in Dumfries with beautifully maintained grounds, gardens and arboretum.

The Crichton is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens, a rose garden and an intriguing history.

The Crichton is home to The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses and an Academic Campus. Crichton Central is a new co-working space and café that is due to open in 2021. We are pleased to say it will also include a new Changing Places facility.

Visitors can choose from a selection of eateries on site (with indoor and outdoor seating) or decide to pick up a takeaway or picnic lunch to enjoy while exploring the grounds.

For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

The gardens are stunning in all seasons, but are particularly wonderful in the late Spring/early Summer and in the Autumn too. During Covid-19, the grounds and gardens have been particularly well visited by local residents making the most of The Crichton as a safe and beautiful place to explore.

It is a family friendly environment and is popular for leisurely strolls at any time of year. It is an ideal training ground for walkers and runners and is also home to Crichton parkrun, which takes place on site on a Saturday morning at 9.15am. This is a free, timed 5k event suitable for all abilities.

A tree survey has recently been carried out to record the significant tree collection that exists at The Crichton, so look out for ongoing updates and tree trails. Visitors should feel free to explore the site independently or as part of an organised group visit. To arrange a group visit contact Easterbrook Hall.

The Crichton Trust has recently dedicated a small part of the estate to the SiMBA Charity, who have installed a Tree of Tranquillity in the grounds. The copper memorial tree has pride of place in the grounds and is a special place for families who have suffered the loss of a baby.

There is also a community run Veterans Garden on site. The Veterans are currently working on a significant project to rescue and restore the historic glasshouses.

The grounds and gardens are maintained by The Crichton Trust.

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