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Dean Castle and Country Park

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Open Now: 11:00 - 17:00
Open today: 11:00 - 17:00
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Great Day Out

Great day out for the kids and grown ups as well. Plenty of well organized country walks within the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
Winter Walk

Easy to get to and on a cold, wintry afternoon with the sun setting; easy to enjoy! Glad to see the... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2019
Dave M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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 has completed a project to upgrade its Rural Life Centre, play park and Visitor...more
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Dean Road | Off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland
+44 1563 554734
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All reviews dean castle petting zoo well worth a visit small animals kids love all ages nice walk beautiful woodland free entry great for kids play area picnic tables dog walkers deer walks cafe goats
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Playpark fine, enough to keep a toddler busy but the cafe very poor. No gluten free options at all, and staff would not substitute anything on the menu to help cobble together a gf meal. Very disappointed.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank eriskay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great day out for the kids and grown ups as well. Plenty of well organized country walks within the park, good play area for kids and a guided tour of the castle can be arranged. Park hosts plenty of weekend activities such as pet shows,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jeanetteg101
Reviewed 4 February 2019

Easy to get to and on a cold, wintry afternoon with the sun setting; easy to enjoy! Glad to see the Castle is being upgraded but with a brilliant snowy afternoon, it was great to explore the woodland and follow the walkways through trees. Feeling...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dave M
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Lovely walk today bit icy but not cold animals were out and about. Castle closed disappointing.cafe was closed for training.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sharon D
Reviewed 3 February 2019

Lots of walks through this park, as well as the castle and house, animals and play parks. For longer walks you can go out of the park into countryside.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Colin_Cameron1
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Visited the park today. I love the quiet walk around with a few different paths to take. It looks different with the snow on the ground. It will look even better when the plants get more established around the pond.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank martinn385
Reviewed 31 January 2019

We have walked here several times recently, with the park beautifully covered in snow. No dog to walk, but many others did exactly that. Dogless, we still much enjoyed the scenery, the wild deer, the play area and the walks

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JayBird58
Reviewed 5 January 2019

Just recently moved to Kilmarnock so we were looking for walks for the dog and found this gem. The walk was brilliant. There is pigs, goats, sheep, deer and horses to be found on your walk. The castle is closed until 2020 for refurbishment but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 16 December 2018

Took a walk with my wife to th dean castle and both really enjoyed our visit. Beautiful castle and surrounding grounds. Easy access for everyone plenty of parking and trails. They have animals there too with we loved.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank donnic2018
Reviewed 3 December 2018

There has been a lot of work done to upgrade the park over the last couple of years. It’s looking really good and caters for all ages with lovely walks and children’s play areas. Special events are very good too.

Date of experience: December 2018
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hotelhunk w
18 February 2018|
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Response from Tracy M | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I have never been in the play park as I don't have children. I presume it will comply with health and safety guidelines. I suggest you contact East Ayrshire Leisure who run the Castle and country park. The play park is... More
Simona S
17 October 2017|
Response from 621hayleyb | Reviewed this property |
Was there last week all the new bridges in place if you fancy just a walk but other amenities still under construction.
21 July 2017|
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Response from LauraM16994 | Property representative |
Hi Connie, People will definitely be able to get married at the Dower House again next year. Earliest dates are likely to be spring 2018.