Chatelherault Country Park

Parks & Gardens

Chatelherault, Carlisle Road, Ferniegair, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 7UE

    Chatelherault Country Park is a Five Star Visitor Attraction that was once described as a ‘Jewel in the Landscape’. Built in 1732 as a Hunting Lodge and Summer House for the Dukes of Hamilton.

    The restored buildings now house a Visitor Centre; the West Lodge comprising of the Banqueting Hall and Duke and Duchess Apartments; Exhibition Gallery and Displays; Gift Shop and Café. Outside, visitors can explore 10 miles of walks along the scenic River Avon and through ancient woodland.

    In addition, Chatelherault now serves as one of the country’s leading venues for Weddings, Functions and Conferences.


    Nature Trails:  Feel close to nature with over 10 miles of stunning woodland and gorge trails which follow the course of the river Avon from Hamilton to Larkhall. The Country Park boasts from five different trails ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours at a gentle pace.

    Talks and Tours: Chatelherault offers a range of guided historical and heritage tours which provide an opportunity to take a step back in time and learn about the history of Chatelherault Country Park, local industry, and natural heritage of the surrounding area.

    Adventure Play Ground:  A totally integrated Play Ground that is equipped to suit all age groups. From toddler to teenager, this Play Facility has equipment to challenge and stimulate both the physical and mental abilities of children.

    The Oaks Café: The Oaks Café has an internal seating capacity area of 110 with a further 40 seats within the external courtyard area. The menu offers a range of healthy snacks and tasty treats to suit all culinary requirements.

    The Gift Shop: This well stocked shop offers goods ranging from contemporary designer jewellery and unique gifts to locally produced sweets and pocket money toys.

    Conference and Banqueting:  The West Lodge and Parterre Gardens provided the perfect setting for your Wedding or Private Event and our recently refurbished Stables Suite and Auditorium are ideal for business meetings, conferences, training events and product launches. Outdoors, the Front Field and Equestrian Fields are available for hire and are perfect for large outdoor events or team building activities.

    5 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Open all year excluding the Christmas and New Year Public Holidays.

    Visitor Centre: 10am until 5pm
    West Lodge: 10am until 4.30pm (Closed on Friday and Saturday)


    • Breakfast Available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Evening Meal By Arrangement
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Gluten Free By Arrangement
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian Food Available By Arrangement


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop
    • Indoor Recreational Facilities
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • 24hr CCTV
    • ASVA Member
    • Hearing Loop
    • Picnic Area

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome Please advise in advance
    • Groups Welcome Please advise in advance
    • School Groups Welcome Please advise in advance

    Wedding Services

    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony

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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 gift shop
      • the information point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements
    • Menus available in large print [i.e.14pt and over]


    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]
    • 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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