Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsCastles
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This glorious 260ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis – a man who was keen to impress with his wealth and status. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses. The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs, incorporating everything the earl could wish for in his country home. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • hellie
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out
    This is a castle with huge grounds on top of a cliff overlooking the sea. Includes a restaurant with great food, shop and galleries featuring local artists fab paintings, sculptures etc. It's great for all ages and there are Deer and llama's and other wildlife to see. You can also tour the house which is in fantastic condition and very interesting. We often visit. There is the swann pond and beach, and walled garden is lovely in may
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 May 2023
  • David S
    Yelverton, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good day out
    Castle and grounds magnificent. Don't miss the Gas House down by the beach or the Walled garden. If you time it right the free castle guided tour which I think is twice a day is well worth it. If you miss it go and look at the painting on the first landing. View it from both sides and see the feet move. Similarly in one room you will see a painting of a baby being rescued from an eagles nest. Stand by the door and then stand in the middle of the room and watch the woman's feet change from a cloven hoof to a human foot.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Caravanista
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant family day
    Fantastic day out. It is absolutely huge and we will need to go back to enjoy other areas. A shuttle service for people who maybe can’t or don’t want to walk such big distances. The castle was fantastic, Lego figure hunt kept the kids happy. The play park was absolutely brilliant fun. We were genuinely impressed.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Gail N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Day Out
    We thought at first that it was a bit on the expensive side at £15 each ( concession) for our tickets for the grounds and Castle ,but soon realised it was well worth it . The place is stunning and there is too much to do in one day so we will go back again to explore more of the grounds. The staff were very friendly, in particular Paul ( the pilot ) who drove the buggy between Holme Farm , the castle and the walled gardens . He was an absolute asset to the place .
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Julie B
    Cross Inn, United Kingdom19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place with brilliant staff
    Lovely Castle and beautiful grounds. Spent a great day walking in the grounds, sampling coffee and ice cream en route. We enjoyed it so much that we returned the next day. However, disaster struck and I was knocked off my feet by 4 unrestrained dogs. There are clear signs everywhere to keep your dogs on a lead. The shop staff and the first aider at the Castle were great. The put my arm in a sling, even put the A and E address into my husbands phone for him and allowed him to collect me from the door for our hospital journey. They could not have been more helpful and supportive - thank you. I have a broken collar bone, am unable to work and am facing many weeks of physio. Please reflect on this when you let your dogs run free where other people are around.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Jennifer C
    Cumbria, United Kingdom975 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning place
    We were lucky enough to visit on an amazing sunny day. The car park had plenty of room and entry was very easy. My partner had lunch in the cafe and he loved his full meal of pie and vegetable. I sent the time walking to the castle and spent time taking photos. We then walked to the walled garden then onto the swan lake, absolutely beautiful. We followed the path along the coast to the castle where we did the self guided tour. We had an afternoon snack again in the cafe. The toilets were spotlessly clean. The whole estate was amazing and beautiful. We would happily return and next time hopefully we'll get to see the deers.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Scroigelives
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Great place to visit, the castle is full of history and also the place where the wicker man was filmed. The grounds are stunning and has large play park for the kids. Definitely allow a few hours for your time here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Douglas B
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immaculate
    The most surprising thing about this venue is that 37 other contributors thought that their visit to Culzean Castle was ‘terrible’. We visited a week or so ago on a bright sunny day and the castle and stunning grounds were at their absolute best. If there is a better walled garden anywhere in Scotland, I have yet to see it. It was immaculate. Lots to see and do and a superb day out for people of any age. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Splishsplasher
    Scotland, United Kingdom347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great expericne for all ages from 3 upwards
    Brilliant - from watching the young dear and other animals playing in the fields and the swans and ducks swimming in the large pond which is surrounded with a wide variety of vegitation that the ducks, swans and birds nest and feed in. There is a huge safe play area in the form of a fort where kids can 'play til they drop' and where parents can watch over them safely while enjoying a relaxing cake and coffe in the knowledge that the kids are in a safe place. The castle tour is fantastic and in each room the kids have to find hidden LEGO people, which the adults also get heavily involved with too. The gardens and grounds are very well maintained, and the varieties of trees and shrubs growing is amazing to see. This is a must see more than once as this is an everchanging and developing experience for ALL ages. Well Done to the team of dedicated workers in all their various functions.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Catherine A
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out
    Enjoyable day out. Walked along the costal path so had free entry which meant we could spend money on ice cream and cup of coffee. Beautiful grounds well looked after with plenty of paths to explore and places to sit and chill.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK3,586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Been meaning to visit for years and then totally lucked out by arriving just as a tour was about to depart so joined that and it was well worth it. Afterwards, we then went round by ourselves for a second time just to do the Lego hunt!
Written 2 April 2024
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Ali T
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I pay NTS membership just for this place. It's amazing, great fora nice walk, the castle is gorgeous when it's open in the summer and the adventure playground is so good I drive an hour to get there. Be sure to stop by the walled garden too!
Written 6 March 2024
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Tomstopiary
Ayr, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
What struck me most about Culzean Castle Estate is the place remains an area of outstanding Natural Beauty. With cliff/country/woodland walks surrounded by Ayrshire's breathtaking rolling hills. Beyond the ocean views, which look on to cosmopolitan towns [like nearby Prestwick] and all the full High Street attractions of nearby Ayr, the Gaiety Theatre for example.

Culzean Castle remains a first class, and indeed a very much improved venue in my subjective opinion. Having stayed in the Gault Suite of the Eisenhower Hotel there [which now happens to be closed for renovations unfortunately].

The beautiful Ayrshire County is well ‘kent’ worldwide for Scotland's National Bard, the world famous Rabbie Burns. Indeed, Robert Burns was voted Scotland’s greatest ever Scot. The Bard’s beautiful, quaint birth village of Alloway is only 15 mins drive and also highly recommended, as is his very own world famous thatched cottage, and heritage site.Not to mention the world class Turnberry Golf resort, only a ‘stone throw’ away.

At the delightful Home Farm Restaurant I ordered a ‘hot roll breakfast’ deal for around a fiver. Both remarkable value, and great tasting, freshly made to order.The staff were friendly, especially Ryan their esteem supervisor. Service was swift, and focused to my needs being a disabled patron, very much with a ‘can do’ approach to diners’ that particular Sunday morning. They even brought to the table, homemade lentil soup [garnished of course, and heated to perfection by the in house chef] despite being a predominantly Self Service Restaurant.

This fine eating establishment was once, very much a working farm back in the day. However, the Home Farm style has been sympathetically restored to its original beauty. This Home Farm restaurant also benefited from free wi fi, and indeed EV charging points' too [albeit trickle charge points of little use to me personally].

As has much of the Culzean Castle 550 acre Estate, in terms of wildlife, there’s an abundance of special bird wildlife, as well as marine wildlife. I also noticed Deer, Lamas’ Swans, Pheasants to name but a few, not to mention the Pergoda [Monkey House]. I also couldn't help but notice the number of quaint Holiday Cottages for rent year round [South & North Segganwell cottages located right on the beach]with many off season deals to temp would holidaymakers and tourists from both Scotland, and further afield, indeed worldwide if being totally honest here.

This particular Home Farm dining establishment benefits not only from panoramic views across the Clyde Estuary towards Arran, but a very romantic ‘folly type large castle’ among this ancient castle backdrop. Home Farm restaurant in addition also benefits from indoor/outdoor seating, and is pet/disabled patron friendly too.The vast array of off season attractions [aside the main Castle itself] included; Retail outlets, Ice Cream Parlour, Lama/Deer pen,Massive Children's Adventure Park, Swan Pond, Fountain Court Garden [which incidentally, the Queen Movie and Antiques Roadshow were both filmed.`Not to mention Christopher Lees Wickerman Movie, as well as Lorraine McIntoshs's Dignity Deacon Blue Video. Aside US President Eisenhower's visit, among many other VIP's these include Bob Hope, Jenny Falconer, Carol Smilie, and last but by no means least Judith Ralston of the BBC.

In short 100% satisfaction at this very picturesque,dining establishment, right in the Heart of the Majestic Culzean Estate, which is steeped in history, from brandy smuggling, to skulduggery.
Written 14 January 2024
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Written 15 January 2024
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Katie
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Amazing interior and exterior to this Castle and Country Park. It was a beautiful day when I visited which helped but I'm sure the ground are incredible any day of the year. Really enjoyed the interiors of the building and the staff were really friendly and helpful, answering questions and chatting through the history of the building.
Written 31 October 2023
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Holidays814
Isle of Man, UK50 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a beautiful castle with lovely grounds. Unfortunately, we had just missed a tour and therefore we went round the castle by ourselves. At £20 per person, I would expect a more informative experience. There is no audio guide, no explanatory video, no app to provide more detail as you walk round each room. So you are left with the old style cards in each room which provide minimal detail and almost no historical context. We saw 5 tour guides as we went round but 4 of these disappeared as soon as we entered the room - they didn’t seem to want to interact with visitors, tell stories about the castle or answer questions. We were hugely disappointed - for history enthusiasts, it was not worth the £20 entry fee and was actually dull. National Trust for Scotland should be ashamed at charging guests for such a poor experience. If going, I would suggest you check the website and join a tour.
Written 30 October 2023
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lucy515
Ayrshire, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Superb visit. Castle tour was excellent. Our Tour Guide was so lovely and very informative, definitely worth doing the tour. Super day out for the family
Written 25 October 2023
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Rachrooo
Belfast, UK19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had a great visit. It's a lovely place. Castle and Park.

Stunning Robert Adam designs, including lovely staircase.

But our visit was made much better by the staff on site on Saturday Oct 14. They were all friendly and helpful but Colin was particularly helpful and informative. Fiona too. I didn't catch other names but all very professional.

I didn't think there was enough information in the rooms or on the site generally so I was glad of the friendly staff.

It's right on the coast so there are some nice walks. And shop and gallery.

Written 15 October 2023
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Lee S
Fayetteville, AR173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
While visiting friends in Glasgow we decided to drive an hour south to see the castle. It was a wonderful day exploring the grounds, walking the beach, and touring one section of the castle. Highly recommend it for couples, families, kids, etc. Really special place.
Written 14 October 2023
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Stewart R
Hereford, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Not accessible as described. I am a motorised wheelchair user. On arrival I was told I was not allowed in the castle
Written 25 September 2023
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Jill J
Northamptonshire, UK415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A lovely place to visit. We explored the castle following the room guides, then bought a guide book to follow up later.
The grounds are extensive, with lovely walks and gardens.
Written 24 September 2023
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