Culzean Castle And Country Park

Castles

Maybole, South Ayrshire, Ayrshire, KA19 8LE

    A remarkable vision of turrets and battlements, Culzean Castle is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens.

    Culzean Castle is the perfect place for a day out whether you're a keen walker, enjoy admiring gardens, have an interest in architecture or just enjoy soaking up some history.

    Standing on a dramatic cliff top overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the castle has been associated with the Kennedy family since the 14-th century and was converted by Robert Adam between 1777 and 1792.

    Take a guided tour and learn about the best features of the castle, including Adam's masterpiece, the oval staircase, as well as the fine collection of paintings and furniture.

    Culzean also has a strong link with President Eisenhower, as the top-floor apartment was presented to him for his lifetime in recognition of his role during World War II. Now, you can stay in the impressive Eisenhower Apartment as a paying guest.

    The property is set in nearly 600 acres of stunning countryside and miles of waymarked paths lead visitors through majestic woodland and past secluded ponds. Head for the Deer Park, the cliff top walk or explore the beaches. And seek out the park's hidden treasures such as the ice houses, the Camellia House, the pagoda or the caves.

    Culzean Castle and Country Park are owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and admission is free for members.

    Gradings
    4 Visitor Attraction
    Awards
    Green Tourism Silver Unassisted wheelchair access
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Open:
    Country Park:
    All year, daily 9.30-sunset.

    Walled Garden:
    All year, daily 9.30-5 or sunset if earlier.

    Castle:
    28 March to 1 November, daily 10.30-5 (last entry 4).

    Visitor Centre and Other Facilities:
    7 January to 27 Mar, Sat/Sun only 11.00-16.00;
    28 March to 31 Oct, daily 10.00- 17.30 (times for some facilities may vary);
    1 November to 13 Dec, Sat/Sun only 11.00-16.00.

    Catering

    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Home Farm Restaurant: A fully licensed self-service restaurant offering a wide range of hot and cold meals, snacks and refreshments. Old Stables Coffee House: A pleasant location to enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea, accompanied by home-baked cakes, scones and biscuits.
    • Shop Candies @ Culzean: Candies @ Culzean is a traditional sweet shop offering mouth-watering home-made fudge, local dairy ice cream and soft drinks. Second-hand Bookshop This shop sells a wide range of second-hand books across all popular genres . Old Smiddy Toyshop: Full of traditional toys, games, children’s books and sweets.

    Domestic

    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden

    Transport

    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking There are four car parks in the Country Park: Visitor Centre - cars and buses (includes disabled parking) Deer Park (for castle)- cars and buses Walled Garden - cars only (includes disabled parking), no bus access Swan Pond - cars only, no bus access

    Children

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

    Facilities

    • Hearing Loop Induction loop in auditorium.
    • Picnic Area

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control at all times and all fouling must be cleaned up immediately.Dogs are not permitted inside any of the buildings, the Walled Garden or the adventure playground.

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Luxury Venue
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Romantic Location
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Public Transport Directions

    By road:

    Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

    By bus
    Stagecoach number 60/360 (Ayr to Girvan via Maidens) stops at the entrance to Culzean Country Park on the A719. There is a one-mile downhill walk to the Castle/Visitor Centre from the Country Park entrance.

    By train
    First ScotRail Glasgow/Newcastle–Stranraer/Ireland line stops at Maybole railway station, 4 miles from Culzean Castle. From Maybole railway station take the Stagecoach bus number 60/360 (Ayr to Girvan via Maidens), which stops at the entrance to Culzean Country Park on the A719. There is a one-mile downhill walk to the Castle/Visitor Centre from the Country Park entrance.

     

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    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • restaurant

    Parking

    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    Lift

    • There is a lift

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

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

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