From Dollar. Take the A91 east from Dollar towards Muckhart. 2 miles from Dollar turn left opposite the Muckhart Golf Club. Follow the Upper Hillfoot Road for approx. 3/4 mile until you see the Cowden Garden entrance. There will be site barrier fencing in place out of hours while our new entrance is being constructed.
From Muckhart. Take the A91 west from Muckhart. After half a mile turn first right and follow the Upper Hillfoot Road until you see a new wall and ‘Cowden Garden’. There will be construction fencing in place out of hours.
There is no access via Ardmill Lodge (was East Lodge), The West Lodge or Cowden House.


Disabled access: The garden is mid restoration and the path surfaces are quite uneven in places. Wheelchairs pushed by a strong carer and scooters with a high clearance are able to use the perimeter path. The garden is not suitable for people using Zimmer frames.


Please note that the Japanese Garden is an ornamental garden and in order to retain authenticity there are many different shapes and sizes of stones dotted around the site.   We have noticed that some visitors choose to leave the perimeter path and walk on the ornamental paths, which have been laid using ancient, uneven stones.  In order to keep as much of the garden as accessible as possible for the enjoyment of everyone, it is imperative that visitors take extra care when walking round the Japanese Garden.  We have chosen not to install warning signs infront of each path and structure in keeping with the heritage of the garden.  Our visitors enter the garden at their own risk.


GENERAL ADMISSION until 28th October

Tickets may be bought on the day you visit (11.00am – 4.30pm Wed-Sun)

Adult: £6.00

Senior Citizens (over 65) and Youth (16-24): £5.00

Children 4 – 15: £4.00

Children 3 and under: free

Disabled and Primary Carer: free

Family: 2 adults incl. 2 or 3 children: £18

Single Family: 1 adult incl. 2 or 3 children: £13.00

We accept credit cards

Dogs: Please do not bring dogs as they are not allowed in the garden and there is not enough shade in the car park.

Group bookings and guided tours: please fill in this form.