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Maybole, South Ayrshire,
Scotland, KA19 8LE

0844 493 2148

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Castle & Garden. 1st April - 30th October; 7 days a week;
Castle open 10.30am - 5pm, last admission 4pm.
Garden gates closed 5pm daily or sunset in winter

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

Tours can be pre-booked at a cost of £2 per person - minimum charge for a group may apply (£36.00)

House Open for Viewing: Yes

28th March - 27th Oct; 7 days a week; 10.30am - 5pm last admission 4pm

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

SGS: 19th July; 9am - 5pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring - Autumn

To see:

Bulbs, borders, tree and shrub collection, glasshouses

Admission Prices

Castle & Country Park: Adult £15; Concession £11; Family £37; Family (1 parent) £29.
Group Rate: Castle & Country Park £10.50
Country Park groups £6.50
Car Park Pay & Display £2 after 5pm
Country Park Only: Adult £10.50; Concession £7.00; Family £23.50; Family (1 parent) £17.50

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Dogs allowed but not in Walled Garden, Buildings or Children's Playground (except assistance dogs) Dogs on Lead - but must be under control.

Garden Features & Events

Attractions include enchanting Victorian walled garden with newly restored vinery, wildlife garden, children's adventure playground, swan pond, deer park, camellia house and gas house exhibition 18th century Culzean Castle, Robert Adam's final masterpiece, is one of the National Trust for Scotland's finest properties. The Castle Armoury is home to one of the most important collections of arms in existence.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Fairways Private Hotel, Prestwick


Many in Ayr

Inns & Pubs:

Kirkmicheal, Maidens, Minishant

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Kirkoswald Girvan Ayr

Description of Garden

Culzean Castle and Country Park are situated on the Ayrshire coast and lie within an extensive and significant historic designed landscape of around 286 hectares. The gardens and garden-related policies cover an area of approximately 12 hectares stretching from the Castle and its dramatic cliff-top setting, to the Swan Pond at the southern area of the property. In the more formal areas around the Castle are the Fountain Court and Terraces, where the plant collection reflects the mild climate influenced by the Gulf Stream.

The key feature of the North Walled Garden is the double herbaceous border, complemented by traditional fruit and vegetables. The South Walled garden is laid out to a contemporary design, within which sit a newly restored Victorian Vinery and a grotto. Informal woodland walks link the main areas of interest. Significant garden buildings include the Orangery and the Camellia House,and a Pagoda at the Swan Pond.

History Of Garden

The main designed landscape around the Castle was laid out c. 1800 in the Picturesque style. Culzean Castle Estate was acquired by the Trust in 1945. Culzean Castle policies were given to the National Trust for Scotland in 1945. The Country Park, which includes the garden was designated in 1969, the first in Scotland. It is owned and administered by the Trust and is managed and financed in partnership with South Ayrshire Council. The property is quite deliberately maintained as an example of a country house in an appropriate setting.

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