Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park

is one of Scotland's best loved Castles, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Situated on the South Ayrshire coast, just off the A719, Culzean Castle is located 12 miles south of Ayr and 4 miles west of Maybole.

Culzean has a long tradition of welcoming local people, members of The National Trust for Scotland and holiday makers from all around the world.

Robert Adam's 18th-century masterpiece - a real 'castle in the air' - is perched on a cliff high above the crashing waves of the Firth of Clyde. The Castle itself boasts a spectacular Oval Staircase, the impressive Armoury and the Circular Saloon, with its panoramic views over the Clyde. The extensive grounds encompass Scotland's first country park where you can explore the deer park, swan pond, miles of woodland walks and adventure playground.

Shops and Restaurants

Visitor Centre Gift and Food shop:
Contains a selection of books, gifts, jewellery, toiletries, clothing and children's toys. Offers local cheeses, snacks, cakes, cold drinks and dairy ice cream.

Castle shop:
Offers gifts, jewellery, books on Scottish history, textiles and fine china evoking the castle and its contents.

Candies @ Culzean:
Traditional sweetie shop offering mouth-watering home-made fudge, local dairy ice cream and soft drinks.

Second-hand bookshop:
A wide range of second-hand books across all popular genres - fiction, non-fiction and reference books. Relax and enjoy a coffee whilst selecting your purchases.

Plant Sales:
Plant sales can be found both at the Walled Garden and Home Farm Visitor Centre.

Home Farm Restaurant:
Fully licensed self-service restaurant offering a wide range of hot and cold meals, snacks and refreshments. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
Seating capacity: Indoor - 80

Old Stables Coffee House:
A pleasant location to enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea, accompanied by home-baked cakes, scones and biscuits. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Swan Pond kiosk:
Ice creams and light refreshments available in a courtyard setting.
Seating capacity : Indoor - 6, Outdoor - 14

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. Water is available at Home Farm Visitor Centre and at the Swan Pond kiosk. Please keep dogs away from the deer park fence during calving in May/June.

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 - no bus access (includes disabled parking)
Swan Pond: cars only - no bus access

During the Summer Season, the Castle, gardens, Visitor Centre, shops and restaurants will be open daily from Friday 1 April to Monday 31 October 2011 (inclusive).

Culzean Castle and Country Park is FREE to NTS members. Become a member when you visit or click here to join now