Arts and culture attractions in Ayrshire & Arran

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  • Close up shot of the sign for West Kilbride, Scotland's Craft Town
    Scotland's Craft Town, West Kilbride
  • Looking at the exterior of the Palace Theatre which is lit up at night
    Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock
  • People sit outside on tables and chairs at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway
  • Looking across gardens towards Rozelle House, Ayr
    Rozelle House, Ayr
  • Looking onto the front of Vikingar! leisure centre in Largs
    Vikingar! leisure centre in Largs

With magnificent theatres, arts centres, galleries, workshops and more, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to arts and culture attractions in Ayrshire & Arran.

Plan a trip or longer holiday to Ayrshire & Arran and experience the heritage, art and culture of this fun-filled region. You’ll discover lots of attractions for all the family.

Recently re-opened, the Gaiety Theatre, in Ayr, is a charming venue which holds many performances throughout the year. The Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock boasts a fantastic year-round programme of music, comedy, drama, dance and light entertainment and the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine is a multi-purpose venue that hosts regular live music and theatre.

Visitors can peruse eight craft studios of various talented local artisans in West Kilbride Crafts Town Scotland, Scotland’s first Craft Town. View stunning paintings by Alexander Goudie, one of Scotland’s finest artists from the last century, and the Scottish colourists at Rozelle House Galleries and a collection of work from local, national and international artists at the Maclaurin Art Galleries.

Spend a day at Vikingar! in Largs, kids will love the interactive exhibits and stories which bring tales of the Vikings to life. Browse the fascinating range of memorabilia on display from the Girvan and surrounding Carrick area at the Mckechnie Institute and visit the Kilmory Workshop on Arran, which makes authentic, locally crafted woodwork and pottery from local Arran timber.

Browse the information on the listings provided which has contact details, locations, accessibility and more for arts and culture attractions, or check out Ayrshire & Arran Tourism's downloadable Contemporary Ayrshire guide.

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    West Kilbride

    West Kilbride, Scotland’s only designated craft town, samples the wealth of craft and design talent from Scotland and the U.K.

  2. Rozelle House

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    Alloway

    Rozelle House Galleries is the permanent home to a significant collection of 54 paintings by the renowned Scottish artist Alexander Goudie depicting the tale of Tam O' Shanter.

  3. Vikingar!

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    Exhibitions

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    Largs

    The award-winning Vikingar! allows you to meet real Vikings and hear about their exploits, adventures and battles in Scotland.

  4. Maclaurin Art Galleries

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    Galleries

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    Ayr

    Set within the tranquil Rozelle Estate, the Galleries are in the former servant’s quarters and stable block of Rozelle House.

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    Cumnock

    Cumnock's 4 star museum and gallery space featuring a mixture of temporary and permanent musuem and art displays.

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    Dalmellington

    Welcome to The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

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    4 Tourist Shop

    Machrie

    Welcome to Old Byre Showroom and Café Thyme

  8. Gaiety Theatre

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    Theatre

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    Ayr

    The re-launch of Ayrshire's historic seaside variety theatre offers a year-round programme of spectacular shows from local and national productions.

  9. Harbour Arts Centre

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    Arts Centres

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    Irvine

    The Harbour Arts Centre is a multi-purpose venue in Irvine on Scotland’s west coast.

  10. Palace Theatre

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    Theatre

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    Kilmarnock

    Perfectly situated in the centre of Kilmarnock, the Palace Theatre is just a stones throw from a number of bars and restaurants.

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