Tours and Trails
The Crichton is open to the public all year round. With 85 acres of parkland boasting a rock garden, complete with many specimen trees and plants, arboretum and exquisite rose gardens, the estate offers a stunning location to take a leisurely stroll, walk the dog or enjoy a picnic.The Crichton also features playing fields and an abundance of open spaces which are great for a range of activities including walking, cycling, jogging and outdoor events. Check out details of our tours and trails below
The Crichton has a rich and fascinating heritage stemming back over a hundred years. Our Heritage Walking Routes are a great way to enjoy a fun and educational tour of the estate. The walks pick out the points of interest across The Crichton and can take between 30 minutes and an hour to walk. To keep the kids entertained, pick up one of our walking route leaflets which includes a quiz with questions which can be answered from information boards along the route. Shorter sections between 10 and 20 minutes can be found at the University Campus, Business Park, Crichton Hall and gardens. The walk is fairly level, although, in the vicinity of Crichton Hall and Campbell House, there is a short incline of steps which can be avoided by taking the shortcuts.
Play, Walk, Run or Cycle
The Crichton is a great location for fitness and healthy living in the community with local sports and football clubs regularly using the playing fields. Crichton Parkrun also takes place at The Crichton every Saturday morning. We encourage free use of the open spaces for those looking to get active or have fun. With cycling such a popular pastime in Dumfries and Galloway, the roads and pathways make for a scenic cycle route or training ground through the estate or as part of a longer route through Dumfries.
History Tours by Mostly Ghostly Tours
Guided history tours are available throughout the year including the very popular Crichton Crypt Tours led by Mostly Ghostly Tours.These tours generally take place in the evenings and last about 90 minutes. They include an insight into the fascinating history of The Crichton, some ghostly tales and a guided tour of The Crichton Memorial Church, under croft and crypt. For details of available dates please check out our What’s On Guide or register your interest with Mostly Ghostly Tours directly. Booking is essential.
The Crichton Tree Trail
If you are looking for something to do as you explore the grounds, check out details of The Crichton Tree Trail.
Don’t forget to look out for The Crichton Tree of Tranquillity on your travels. This is a beautiful and special tree of remembrance located within The Crichton Gardens.
The Crichton Mindfulness Trail
If you are looking for something relaxing to do as you explore the grounds, check out details of The Crichton Mindfulness Trail.
As you tour the estate, look out for Totem Latamat. Totem Latamat travelled from Mexico to the UK for COP26 in 2021 and has since been returned to the earth here at The Crichton. You will be able to visit Totem Latamat for many years to come.
Active Travel at The Crichton
It is possible to travel to, from and around The Crichton on foot and on a bicycle and as part of our Active Travel campaign, we would love to see more of our visitors and regulars doing just that! If you are able, leave the car at home and get active! You will feel the benefit of fresh air and exercise, and you’ll be doing your bit for the planet too! Cycle racks are located across the estate including outside our cafes and restaurants.
Take a break
There are picnic spots, coffee stops and park benches located throughout the estate so you can enjoy a break and a cuppa during your visit. Whether you create your own picnic spot on our open lawns, relax at a picnic table in The Crichton Gardens, enjoy a takeaway coffee and sandwich from our deli as you walk around the grounds or take time to enjoy a sit-down coffee or lunch in one of our cafes you will enjoy your break at The Crichton.