Dalgarven Mill - Museum Of Country Life & Costume


Dalgarven Mill Dalgarven Dalry Road, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, KA13 6PL

    Nestling in a hidden valley by the River Garnock in the village of Dalgarven, the restored mill buildings house an important collection.

    The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume is a treasure trove, created in a group of outstanding historical industrial buildings in a gorgeous rural location in Ayrshire, south west Scotland. 

    Beautifully restored buildings offer the visitor a chance to step into the past. Experience the sight and sound of the water wheel and the machinery of a Victorian Grain Mill. The granaries on three floors have exhibitions which tell the story of the rural community over the last century, their work, pastimes, dress and life.

    Enjoy the tranquility of the riverside walk, have a coffee and home baking or a light lunch in the small atmospheric restaurant, then visit the antique shop in the restored byre, offering a gentle relaxed day out for the whole family.

    Longer walks for the more energetic are available using the guides available at the museum.

    The museum remains open all year and can offer visitors a memorable experience whatever the season.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
    Day Times
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 10:00 16:00
    Wednesday 10:00 16:00
    Thursday 10:00 16:00
    Friday 10:00 16:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 11:00 17:00

    We are open all year, but closed on Mondays and over the Christmas and New Year period.
    Easter to October Tues-Sat 10.00 - 17.00 sun 11.00-17.00
    From Oct 1st. to Easter, times remain the same except we close at 16.00 weekdays
    Xmas 2013 close 22nd Dec, open 7th Jan.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site


    • Public Toilet Facilities


    • Rural Location


    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available

    Languages Spoken

    • French Speaking

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People

    Road Directions

    From Ayr and the south take the A78 to the large roundabout at Steveston, continue on the A78 towards Largs, take the B780 road to Dalry, turn right on the A737, we are two miles down this road.

    From Glasgow take junction 28a past the Airport and follow the A737 through Beith and Dalry towards Kilwinning.

    From Largs and the coast follow the A78 and then take the B780 to Dalry and then turn right onto the A737, then we will tell you the quick way home!

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by ferry:- From Arran (Ardrossan) Take A78 to Kilwinning. Take A737 to Glasgow

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant
    • Menus available in large print [i.e.14pt and over]


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
      • with a ramp
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Audio
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Good colour / tonal contrast used throughout the attraction e.g. doors contrast strongly with floors/walls
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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