Culzean Castle in the summer, with the Fountain Court in front
Ayrshire & Arran

Culzean Castle & Country Park

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About this place

Robert Adam’s cliff-top masterpiece rises above a world of woods, beaches, secret follies and play parks

  • Discover 40 buildings and secret follies in this country park, including the magnificent cliff-top castle.
  • Don’t miss Robert Adam’s Oval Staircase – the dramatic centrepiece of the castle.
  • Explore the woods, beaches, parkland, Swan Pond, deer park and cliffs.
  • Admire the enormous collection of flintlock pistols and military swords.
  • Run wild in the Adventure Cove and Wild Woodland play areas.

This glorious 260ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis – a man who was keen to impress with his wealth and status. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.

The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs, incorporating everything the earl could wish for in his country home. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.

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Today's Opening Hours

10.30–16.30 (last entry 16.00)
Country park
Walled garden
Home Farm Kitchen
10.00–17.00 (last food orders 15.45)
Home Farm Shop
Second-hand Bookshop
Aviary ice cream parlour
Swan Pond Café
Adventure Cove play park
Wild Woodland play park
Gas House and Carriage House
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Entry prices

One adult family
Young Scot
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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £5.20 / month

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Accreditations and awards

  • Visit Scotland 4 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Silver Award

Stay for longer

Our eight holiday properties at Culzean are perfect for groups of friends or families seeking a beautiful holiday in Scotland.

Holiday accommodation

Property guidebook

Delve into the story of Culzean Castle with our property guide. Purchase ahead of your next visit or as a souvenir.

Online shop

School visits

We welcome school visits at Culzean Castle.

School visits