Castlebank Horticultural Centre

Castlebank Horticultural Centre is a rural hub for education, training, volunteering and enjoying ‘the great outdoors’. Located in Castlebank Park, the Horticultural Centre is the result of years of dedicated work by the Development Trust and volunteers to transform derelict areas of the park and bring them back into community use. The centre will host a range of horticultural activities and volunteering opportunities, and will also be available for hire by a range of community groups and commercial users.

The renovation works were funded by LEADER,  the Renewable Energy Fund and the Climate Challenge Fund. Additional funding was awarded by the Levenseat Trust to kit out the interior of the centre with furniture, office supplies and kitchen equipment & utensils.

Room bookings / centre hire

Hire a space in one of Lanark’s most beautiful locations, Castlebank Park. The Horticultural Centre’s Classroom and Bistro room can be hired  for a variety of purposes including meetings, events, rehearsals, private functions, classes and birthday parties.

Our Kids Birthday Party package is just £40 – take a look at the poster for more information.

Please contact us if you would like to have a look around the centre and facilities before making a booking –

All hires will be required to sign a Venue Hire Agreement in accordance with our Venue Hire Terms and Conditions to confirm a booking.

For our current hire prices and venue information please click the link below.


The Classroom is a multi-functional space which can accommodate up to 25 people. The room features high ceilings with two large roof windows, letting in lots of natural light. There is also a whiteboard and counter top with sink and storage units. A fantastic space for a range of meetings, events and activities. Fully accessible. Available for hire – please download our ‘Hire charge and venue information’ document for more information. 

The Bistro room is a bright and airy rectangular room ideal for hosting meetings and small gatherings. The room features high ceilings, a glass fronted entrance and doorway leading directly onto the outdoor patio area. This room enjoys views of Castlebank Park and the Horticultural Centre Growing Area. White wall available for presentations. Fully accessible. Benches and storage lockers are located directly beside the Bistro room. Available for hire – please download our ‘Hire charge and venue information’ document for more information. 

The enclosed growing area features raised bed planters, potting shed, two large poly tunnels, composting area, bee border, wormery, raised hot bed, picnic table and fruit trees orchard. Enquiries about hiring this specific space will be dealt with on an individual basis, please get in touch.

The kitchen is located directly along the corridor from the Bistro room and is fully-equipped for all groups requirements. We can assist with recommending local caterers if required. Available for hire – please download our ‘Hire charge and venue information’ document for more information. 

The private toilets are located in a separate block to the main building. There are three spacious toilet facilities for Women, Men and Disabled access. As the toilets are private, groups running a purely outdoor activity can gain access to the toilets at a flat rate of £5. Access is included with all room hires.

The outdoor patio area can be accessed from the exterior of the centre of from a door in the Bistro room. A perfect space for enjoying outdoor meetings or gatherings when the weather is pleasant. Access is included with any room hires.

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What’s On

Click here to sign up to our ‘What’s on at Castlebank’ mailing list to be the first to hear about new and upcoming events at the Horticultural Centre.

Our aim is to run courses accredited to the Royal Horticultural Society and The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (The Caley). We will update the website and our social media channels as soon as these courses are available. To receive email updates on accredited courses, please let us know by emailing

Royal Horticultural Society Logo  The Caley - Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society

  • Botanical Painting Course – 5-weeks (7th & 14th April, 5th, 19th & 26th May) Click here to view the course poster. ** This course is now fully booked – to join the waiting list for this course, and to register interest for a potential course taking place later in the year please email **
  • Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Course – 3rd and 4th April 2018. £80 per person. Click here for full booking details. 

Throughout the year we run a range of activities and open days to let the kids green their thumbs and enjoy the great outdoors. We will update our website and social media channels with details of upcoming Kids’ Activities when available.

Volunteer at the centre

We are always looking for new Community Gardening Volunteers to help out at the centre and in the park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am – 3pm. This is a flexible opportunity and no experience is needed. It doesn’t matter if you are an avid gardener or if you’re a novice, you’ll be made most welcome within our friendly team. Find out more and submit a new volunteer interest form on our Volunteering page.

Getting here

In Lanark, Castlebank Horticultural Centre is located within the historic area of Castlebank Park in the south of the town.

Address: Castlebank Horticultural Centre,
St Patricks’s Road, Lanark, ML11 9EG

Car: Lanark is located around 50 minutes from Glasgow and Edinburgh by car. From the west

Train: The nearest train station to the centre is ‘Lanark’ which has a direct connection to Motherwell/ Glasgow Central. The station is around a 20-minute walk from the centre or a short taxi journey.

Bus: There is a bus service between Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow and Lanark. Details of this service are available by calling Stuart’s Coaches on 01555 773533. Does not run on Sundays.

Parking: The main car park at Castlebank Park is located around a 5-minute walk from the centre either up St Patrick’s Road or along a path within the park. The most accessible route is along St Patrick’s road which is paved.  There is also a bike rack directly outside the centre. There are 3 disabled spaces directly outside the centre, primarily for Blue Badge holders or visitors with limited mobility.