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Dean Castle and Country Park

#1 of 24 things to do in Kilmarnock Features Animals
Dean Road, off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland
+44 1563 554736
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Will be great when the Visitor Centre is finished

There is a lot of work going on but everyone was very helpful, we saw part of an exhibition in the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Eileen B
Lovely place to walk the dog

Stopped off a the country park on our way home from a short break in the Highlands. Lovely place to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kath H
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Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all the family. The Country Park boasts a 14th century castle and beautiful woodland walks. The Country Park is midway through a project to upgrade its rural life centre, play park and visitor centre; these will reopen in autumn 2017
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Dean Road, off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a lot of work going on but everyone was very helpful, we saw part of an exhibition in the domestic part of the castle, saw a film about the Boyd Family, that was interesting. One of the girls who works there has an...More

Thank Eileen B
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, Eileen. We are also very much looking forward to the finished Visitor Centre! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Castle. It's always a good idea to pick the brains of the Visitor Assistants on duty - they know huge amounts...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped off a the country park on our way home from a short break in the Highlands. Lovely place to take the dog for a walk and a pleasant surprise to come across the deer in the fenced compound. The gardens are lovely and although...More

Thank Kath H
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Kath, Thanks very much for your review. I hope you enjoyed your holiday. Our fallow deer are about to give birth at the beginning of June so that will be very exciting. Our improvements are due to be ready after the summer so watch...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

Paid a visit to Dean Castle as part of a trip tracing my partner's ancestors. Most of castle and visitors centre was. Lower due to restoration although this did not spoil the visit. Well maintained grounds, peaceful and a delight to walk around. Met an...More

Thank Toadsfeet
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your kind review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the park and meeting our staff. Do come back and see us again when all the work is finished.

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

The family loved this place . Very rural and a lot of fun . Lovely walks , beautiful river , a cafe , a castle , pets to feed , lovelyMore

Thank Tina K
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review us, Tina. At the moment we are working hard on the redevelopment of the park, so not everything is open just now. You can check out the plans for the park and what closures are in place on...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

nice park to let the weans run about no really any traffic to worry about .you have the swings etc and the animals that you can walk round to see with the kids

Thank archiemoore34
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thanks for your review Archie! Come back and see us soon - we now have new lambs and baby Bagot and Pygmy Goat kids for you to see.

Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

A great place for adults and children alike to get out in the great outdoors. Set in the grounds of the castle there is plenty to keep the kids happy, castle visit, play park, adventure trails and a animal park. With no or little money...More

Thank Jameswwm
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Thanks for your great review James. There are lots of improvements going on just now, so keep in touch on Facebook and on our website for what is open and when. We can't wait for the improvements to be finished and we hope that you'll...More

Reviewed 13 March 2017

Wonderful castle, grounds, play park and animal area. All free and open all year round. Would definitely recommend this to a family day out.More

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Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Thanks for your review, Charles. The park is a great day out. There's something for everyone - and all for free! Our improvements to the Country Park are due to be complete in the summer and we hope that you will continue to enjoy coming...More

Reviewed 23 February 2017

I love walking around the Castle and grounds. The little nature reserve has pigs and Llamas. If you want to keep your children amused it's well worth a visit.

Thank James W
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Hello James, Thank you for reviewing the park! It's a great place to walk around and explore. We're in the middle of upgrades just now, and it should make your visits even better.

Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nice stroll around grounds with Husband on a nice summers day,re then visit to the castle. Would recommend.More

Thank Tracy M
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review us, Tracy. As well as walking the paths and visiting the castle, the renovations will provide a new visitor centre and cafe and rural life centre where you can learn about wildlife and traditional rural skills. We'll have...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

We are so lucky to have this park on our doorstep & today we were thrilled to see that more money is going into making it a wonderful walk & very interesting place for people & visitors to come to.It has a magnificent medieval castle...More

Thank Elspet
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Thanks so much for your review! The works are going really well so far and it's great to see the improvements being made to the park. We can't wait until everything is finished, but do keep in touch with us on Facebook and on East...More

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William M
Is any part of the castle still inhabited and how old is it?
12 June 2017|
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Response from Laura M | Property representative |
Hi William, Great question! The castle is no longer inhabited by the Scott-Ellis family, who carried out the restorations, or the Boyds, who built it. The castle and estate were given to Kilmarnock Council (as it was then... More
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Neili H
could you update me on the work being done and when it is likely to be finished ? Neili.
3 February 2017|
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Response from Laura M | Property representative |
Hi Neili, Thanks for getting in touch. The building works to the Visitor and Rural Life Centres are progressing well. The path network is being upgraded on a rolling basis, at the moment, the paths north past the Rural... More
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