Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Top Tourist Attractions

Culzean Castle is a castle overlooking the Firth of Clyde, near Maybole, Carrick, on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. It is the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa, the chief of Clan Kennedy, but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

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.

Located on the Ayrshire coast, Scotland, Culzean Castle is perched on a rocky promontory, with a superb panoramic view and is one of the most enchanting places in Scotland. The castle itself boasts a spectacular oval staircase, the impressive armoury, and the round drawing-room. The extensive grounds encompass Scotland’s first country park with 40 buildings and secret follies, where one can explore the deer park, swan pond, adventure playground, and miles of woodland walks.

Discovering Culzean Castle and Country Park

The best features of the castle, includes Adam's masterpiece, the oval staircase, as well as the fine collection of paintings and furniture

  • Adventure Cove and Wild Woodland

Unleash your inner adventurer and make way around Adventure Cove and Wild Woodland play parks. Located at the Swan Pond, they offer lots of thrilling features to explore, including soaring towers, treehouses, slides, climbing walls, a maze house, and zip slides.

Adventure Cove is a perfect space to let little ones’ imaginations go wild and embark on adventures and memories to last a lifetime.

Wild Woodland beautifully mirrors many of the estate’s historical stone features and landmarks for older children. This exciting adventure play park and treetop attraction sit within an ancient deciduous woodland spread over an acre of the country park.

  • The Castle

The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled with turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here. Marvel at the interior, from the imposing entrance hall, which boasts one of the largest collections of British military flintlock pistols in the world, to the elegant rooms and bustling kitchen, all are filled with the artifacts of Culzean Castle’s history.

  • The Oval Staircase

Discover Robert Adam’s masterful centrepiece, the sweeping Oval Staircase with its soaring colonnades and grand oil paintings, as well as the unique Round Drawing Room, which has panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde.

Immerse yourself in the history of this amazing place and celebrate some of Scotland’s great stories and traditions.

  • Country Park

One of Culzean’s greatest assets is the 120 hectares of mixed woodland managed for shelter, production, amenity, and wildlife conservation. The rich diversity of habitats supports a wide range of animal and plant life.

It’s no wonder why the Swan Pond is a popular spot for visitors. The man-made pond is surrounded by a footpath and is sheltered on three sides by mature woodland – it’s an ideal spot for watching waterfowl.

The Deer Park is home to a small herd of red deer and llamas.

  • The Beach

Almost 3 miles of cliffs, rocky shore, and sandy bays add the final touch to Culzean’s diverse surroundings. The views across the cliff create the perfect photo opportunity. Search for ghost prawns, sea urchins, starfish, or semi-precious stones including agate, jasper, and even amethyst.

There is a gas house, on the north side of the castle and a harbour on the south side with its wooden and tin boathouse. Directly beneath the castle, and accessible from the beach, are a series of very large caves, which are evidence that people lived in these caves from Neolithic times, making them a very special part of Culzean’s coast.

  • Walled Garden

Built-in the 18th century, the Walled Garden at Culzean is one of the largest in Scotland and a significant garden. It consists of two sections divided by a spine wall – the pleasure garden and the kitchen garden, which supplies fruit and vegetables to our catering facilities.

Over the past year, volunteers, and staff at Culzean have been working hard restoring the gardens, keeping them innovative and fresh. Seeding their ideas together to add a 21st-century twist to the historical landscape, the team are using a range of horticultural techniques and skills from the Victorian age to the present day.

  • Food and Drink

Whether you’re after a sumptuous feast, intimate dinner, or casual dining experience to fuel your day at Culzean, you’ll enjoy outstanding service and creative menus bursting with fresh, local, and seasonal Scottish ingredients, some of which are sourced from Culzean’s own gardens.

Home Farm Kitchen, located at the Swan Pond, serves a selection of delicious freshly prepared hot and cold food, including a range of baking and ice cream for those warmer days. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating as well as family-friendly facilities, Home Farm Kitchen is an ideal stop on your visit to Culzean.

The Culzean Castle and Country Park is a perfect setting for special occasions, birthday parties, anniversaries, or retirement celebrations to create a memorable experience for your family and friends.

  • Shopping

There's a wide range of gifts for the young and old. Indulge in some of the most unique collections like silver rings, bangles, Christmas cards, toys, scarfs, and many more items and visit a lifetime memory to cherish.

With a dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history & beautiful surroundings, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland’s best days out.

 

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