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 hosts a range of horticultural activities and volunteering opportunities, and is also available for hire by a range of community groups and commercial users. Lanark in Bloom, another local charity are based at the centre’s growing compound.

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 25/30 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, fridge, urn 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.

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.

We have a full-time Educational Gardener based here at Castlebank Horticultural Centre and would be delighted to work with your school, group or organisation to create a tailored horticultural training course for you. This could be a one-day course, a 12-week course or anything else in between. Levels can start at beginner (for example, an ‘Introduction to Gardening’ course), intermediate to advanced, focusing on specific horticultural or environmental topics. We can also tailor courses for children, young adults, adults or variable ages with additional support needs – everyone is welcome. Please get in touch and we can discuss your requirements – or 01555 728 329

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

Volunteer at the centre

Community Gardeners at Castlebank Horticultural Centre

We are always looking for more Community Gardening Volunteers to join our friendly team at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. You can volunteer for a couple of hours, or the full day – it’s up to you! Meet new people, get some fresh air, learn new skills and green your fingers. Help us restore the historic Castlebank Gardens to their former glory, and bring a touch of colour to our town with Lanark in Bloom, who are based at Castlebank Horticultural Centre.


The current volunteering days at Castlebank are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am – 3pm. The opportunity is very flexible and you can participate for as many hours or days as you wish. If you have any questions please contact us. 

Our upcoming Weekend Volunteering Days which are open to anyone in the community, including families, are Saturday 20th July and Saturday 24th August (morning only). Click here for more information.

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.