Dumfries has a wide range of sites and activities for art lovers, with more artists per square mile than anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Dumfries is the perfect haven for visitors who love arts and crafts. Being spoilt for choice, here we break down our top picks for art-related activities in Dumfries.

Guide to Art in Dumfries

  • Gracefield Arts Centre: Gracefield has a permanent collection of works by prominent Scottish artists, as well as hosting various exhibitions throughout the year. Gracefield also hosts markets, as well as art classes for both adults and children, making it a perfect visit for families looking to do something different. Admission to Gracefield is free, making it an ideal activity for those on a budget.
  • Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival: If you are visiting Dumfries in May of any given year, you will be able to join the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Scotland’s largest festival of its kind. The festival is a perfect opportunity to take in the arts, crafts and performances which Dumfries has become famous for. If you are visiting Dumfries outside of May, you can still catch one of the events that the festival organisers run year-round.
  • The Art Room: For those looking for unique and local handmade arts and crafts or souvenirs, the Art Room situated in the Old School, (at St Andrews Primary), contains various works and crafts, suitable for all tastes and budgets. The Art Room Gallery exhibits works throughout the building year-round. For those visiting with small children looking to expose them to the arts, the Art Room hosts workshops and programmes for various age groups. Adult classes are also organised for budding artists.
  • Dumfries Art Trail: If you want to see as much of the art world Dumfries has to offer, both easily and quickly, the Dumfries Art Trail allows you to follow a walking guide to various artists and galleries, to maximise your exposure to what’s on offer.