Discover the best top things to do in Montrose, United Kingdom (UK) including Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, House of Dun, Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Charleton Fruit Farm, Langley Park Gardens, Montrose Beach, Montrose Museum and Art Gallery, Dunninald Castle and Gardens, William Lamb Memorial Studio.
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5 based on 169 reviews
NOVEMBER to MARCH - OPEN SATURDAY 10am-4pm and SUNDAY 12-4pm (weather permitting). Children get FREE ENTRY - must be supervised by an adult at all times. Britain's first operational military air station was established in Montrose by the Royal Flying Corps in 1913. The heritage centre's collection of photographs and artefacts tell the story of RFC/RAF Montrose and the men and women who served here through two world wars. The award-winning heritage centre is an accredited museum run entirely by volunteers and was proud to receive The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.
Visited with my stepson today and what a truly remarkable place. The history of RAF Montrose is astonishing and I learned about history I didn't even know existed!
The volunteers have an astounding knowledge and happy to share it. They also encourage a "hands on approach" which was nice.
We spent hours there and could have spent longer however after 2.5 hours we had to leave. Highly recommend a visit. It's remarkable
4.5 based on 98 reviews
This is a regular place for me to visit as it has not only a superb sandy beach but the wild life centre is very informative, and the birds and plants are al there to see. Thew information boards on the plants are especially useful and very helpful.
4.5 based on 178 reviews
This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session. House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt Beaches and around 45 minutes’ drive from Aberdeen. Set amongst the splendid Victorian Gardens and woodlands, this elegant home has a truly spectacular setting. The house sits in its own formal Gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooded den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve. We have moved away from the traditional tour where we would be describing in detail the family, house and collection, our tour now centres on the key players in the history of the house, and the part they played. There will be many opportunities during the tour to discover for yourself the architecture and hidden gems within the house. The first tour starts at 10.45 and thereafter every 45 minutes, the last tour is 3.15pm During April, May, June and September the last Sunday of each month we open the house to freeflow, where you can visit the house and at your leisure take time to enjoy the marvelous collection of ceramics, needlework, plasterwork, artwork and of course grand architecture In July and August every Sunday is freeflow. What to See and Do You’ll hear about the trials and tribulations faced by William Adam in designing and building the house, discover the ornate plasterwork – originally the work of Joseph Enzer, who had made a name for himself with decorative plasterwork in a number of grand Scottish houses – and unearth eccentric period equipment such as the ‘boot bath’ from the 1800s. However, a visit to the House of Dun is about more than just the house. To the east of the house is a rectangular walled garden and there are more Gardens to the south, separated from the surrounding countryside by a ha-ha, a vertical drop intended to allow for open views while keeping the sheep out.
Although we are members of NTS on the Sunday we visited it was part of the Doors Open Day Scheme so there was no charge anyway. We were not allowed to view the house on our own, but the guide who took us round was very knowledgeable. The grounds of the house are absolutely beautiful and immaculately kept. There is a cafe, but as it was quite busy when we were there and with only one person serving, we didn't
have time to wait. This is a very worthwhile visit.
4.5 based on 108 reviews
Montrose Basin is the enclosed estuary of the South Esk River. The reserve includes a 4-star visitor centre along with four remote bird hides. Covering 750 hectares, Montrose Basin is home to thousands of migratory birds including pink-footed geese, common terns, knots and sedge warblers. Highlights include telescopes, binoculars and live footage of migratory birds. Children will love the interactive toys and games such as microscopes, wildlife portal and puzzles. Children's activities and themed events are held regularly, as well as formal and informal educational groups run throughout the year. Fairtrade tea and coffee can be enjoyed with panoramic views across the Basin, and a range of wildlife gifts are available from the gift shop.
Well situated ( for car drivers, not sure about buses), with great viewing windows and a generous supply of binoculars and monoculars. Good information boards, and short video showing tide coming in and out. If you go to see mainly the geese, check with the staff first, as apart from the time of year, there are a number of variables, such as the time of day, weather, strength and direction of wind and state of tide. Good selection of binoculars for sale ( discount for SWT members) with a chance to try them out, helped by knowledgeable staff. Tea, coffee and limited range of snacks available.
When we visited, the small exhibition room upstairs was for children. There is a gate at the road entrance which is shut when the Centre is not open.Good parking down short drive.
4.5 based on 235 reviews
Have been coming here for years and it never disappoints. Whether for afternoon tea and cakes with other Ramblers after a long walk or with the Grandkids for a day out. Lots to do for them in the Play park there. Great Halloween themes for them at this time of year.
Best place to buy Xmas trees too as they don't shed needles after a few days.
5 based on 29 reviews
4 Beautiful Walled Gardens in the grounds of a historic Georgian Mansion. There are fabulous views over Montrose Town and Montrose Basin. A 20 acre Wildflower Meadow with its abundance of Wildlife, has tracks mown through to give access to the WildLife Pond and Standing Stone. Ancient Trees add to the beauty of the natural landscape.
We visited here on a Friday afternoon, we met the owners (and their gorgeous dogs) and found out a little of the history of the place, then off we went to have a wander around. The Gardens are absolutely beautiful. So many varieties of plants,...MoreThank you for your kind words, yes we are proud to live in this beautiful setting.
4.5 based on 28 reviews
This is a superb sandy beach and a long walk along the beach when the tide is out is without doubt very refreshing and relaxing.
4.5 based on 39 reviews
Love this place, and the ever changing Exhibitions it houses, touching the history of the town and it's past inhabitants. There is always something interesting on, or a fantastic array of pictures, exhibits, and a wee shop to tap into your retail needs. Thank you again for a wonderful visit, and to the staff for a warm welcome....
4.5 based on 21 reviews
A family home with lovely Gardens. Open to the public at advertised times. We welcome groups througout the year by prior appointment.
We spent a lovely afternoon here. A tour of the charming old house full of some extraordinary art and artifacts with an equally charming and very knowledgeable guide. Then a wander through the wonderful and very beautiful walled garden alive with flowery scents. Then a big pot of tea and home baked cake served by the lady of the house.
This is way near the top of the best places in Scotland for a lovely relaxing afternoon. A gem indeed - and it wasnt even sunny !!
5 based on 14 reviews
Formerly the studio of sculptor William Lamb, this museum was paid for by the commission the artist received for his sculptures of Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother.
The William Lamb Studio in Montrose is open from 2pm to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday each week From late June until the end of August. It is worth a visit and there are superb sculptures by this internationally recognised sculptor of the Queen, and her sister Princess Margaret when they were children, as well as Hugh MacDiarmid. Most of the sculptures in the studio are of the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood, concentrating upon working class models, especially from the fishing community.
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