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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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  1. Gradings

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

  2. Arran Family Fun Park & Balmichael Centre


    Theme Parks, Funfairs & Amusements


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    UK Phone: 01770 465 072 US Phone: (310) 492-5520 Located on the String Road in Shiskine on the picturesque Isle of Arran, in Scotland.

  3. Maclaurin Art Galleries





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

  4. Rozelle House




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    4 Visitor Attraction


    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.

  5. Gradings

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    4 Visitor Attraction


    The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is publically accessible observatory, located in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.

  6. Old Byre Visitor Centre.


    Arts & Crafts


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    4 Tourist Shop


    The Old Byre Visitor Centre is situated on the west coast of the island approximately half a mile north of Machrie golf course. It comprises the Old Byre Showroom shop, Cafe Thyme, Simon Thorborn's pottery and a child's play area.

  7. Vikingar!




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    3 Visitor Attraction


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

  8. Palace Theatre





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

  9. Gradings

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    West Kilbride

    Nestled on the North Ayrshire coastline overlooking Arran, West Kilbride is Scotland's first accredited Craft Town and winner of a Creative Place Award in 2012 - The Barony Centre and 8 Craft Studios open to the public.

  10. Harbour Arts Centre


    Arts Centres


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    4 Arts Venue


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


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