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Castle Kennedy Gardens

Castle Kennedy Village, Stranraer DG9 8SJ, Scotland
+44 1776 702024
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More like a park than a garden

Several walks, all colour coded and easy to follow, take you through the grounds. They are not as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MVKH
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New Haven, Connecticut
Nice Dog Friendly Gardens

We had a nice visit to the gardens with our dog. My favourite part was the walled garden which was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bev D
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Welcome to Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland’s finest gardens, set in 75 acres and offering something for everyone to enjoy. From stunning fauna, to beautiful scenery, sculptured landforms, magnificent walks and popular bird hides, the Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland and a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring. The gardens and neighbouring Lochinch Castle also host civil and religious weddings and between them offer a diverse range of beautiful wedding venues for ceremonies and celebrations. We have a number of luxurious self-catering holiday cottages too for couples and families which are open for bookings throughout the year. Family home to the 14th Earl and Countess of Stair, the Gardens were the inspiration of the 2nd Earl of Stair in the 1730’s and are famous for colourful displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Embothriums, many rare and exotic plants, 21 Champion Trees and a number of spectacular avenues and the romantic ruins of 16th Century Castle Kennedy. An elaborate series of terraces and land sculptures can be found throughout the Gardens forming stunning patterns of curves and banks. Despite their contemporary look and feel these were constructed in the 1730’s using men with carts and horse drawn equipment to move and mould the landscape. The stunning Avenues in the Gardens were originally planted with specimen seeds given by famous botanical explorer Joseph Hooker. Each Avenue was planted with a single type of tree, many of which can still be seen today. These include the 150 year old Monkey Puzzle Avenue, the Thuja Avenue and the Dettingen Avenue which is lined with evergreen oaks. The beautiful two acre Circular Pond filled with rare Victorian water lilies is also a highlight. Our charming Tea Room is the perfect place to enjoy a light meal of sandwiches, soup, baked potatoes, hot drinks, delicious home-baking and tasty children’s menu. Access to the Tea Room only is available without paying admission to the Gardens, making it an ideal journey break or unique location for a business or social lunch. This year we continue to enhance your visit to our Gardens with a wide range of events and activities for the whole family. These include weekly Ranger Activities which follow a monthly theme and our regular guided garden walks. And the romantic ruins of 16th Century Castle Kennedy provide a stunning backdrop to open air theatre productions. We hope you find a special event of interest to you and your family and enjoy your time in the Gardens.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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“lily pond” (16 reviews)
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Castle Kennedy Village, Stranraer DG9 8SJ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Several walks, all colour coded and easy to follow, take you through the grounds. They are not as long as indicated, so don't be put off. Tea Shop serves food freshly prepared. Allow about 2 hours.

Thank MVKH
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice visit to the gardens with our dog. My favourite part was the walled garden which was packed with lovely colourful flowers. As we were on a fairly tight timescale, we didn't spend the whole day but we did walk part way...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice extensive landscaped gardens, worth a visit if you are in the area. We visited on a very hot June afternoon, the walled garden was full of colour and our dog enjoyed a long walk in the Monkey Tree wooded area in the shade. There...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very attractive landscape garden with good vistas and lovely walks. Ruined castle adds to the views. Attractive walled garden largely planted with herbaceous plants

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paid a visit on our autumn hols last year. Beautiful gardens and castle. A wonderful walk round with loads of wildlife and lovely flowers and plants. Animal friendly too, so our two dogs got to enjoy as well. The little cafe is a nice place...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today with our senior Springer spaniel and the gardens were delightful. The staff were very friendly and the food in the tea rooms delicious. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review of the Gardens. We are delighted that you you and your senior Springer Spaniel enjoyed them so much!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit, nice cafe with fair prices ,great walks and what a size of a Lilly pond !! .Wheel chair accessible to the grounds. Only down side we’re the toilets.

Thank 72Bushman
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Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Gardens and for awarding them five stars.. We are pleased that you enjoyed them so much. We're sorry to hear about the toilets and will look into this. Best wishes

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Weve visited this estate on several occasions, autumn, winter and summer. It never disappoints, is always well kept and surrounded by lovely views

Thank raybillson9
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Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback about your year round visits to the Gardens. We greatly appreciate your comments.

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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Visited Castle Kennedy Gardens whilst on holiday recently and what a wonderful area it is, the walks around the woodlands lake and other areas are absolutely beautiful another photographers paradise. thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the little tearoom too.

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Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you for the lovely review of Castle Kenendy Gardens and for awarding it 5 stars! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed it so much.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

We visited with our two young boys and large dog. We didn't expect the gardens to be so big! We managed to spend a few hours wandering around, the boys loved walking around, seeing the flowers and burning energy. They have said since that the...More

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Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are delighted with your detailed feedback of the Gardens. We are pleased to know that both you and your children enjoyed yourselves so much and that you found them good value for money.

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Allison Y
16 July 2017|
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Response from HOLLY18Lancashire | Reviewed this property |
Hi Alison, I think you can just go into the cafe, but you would be missing a treat if you didn't have a stroll round the gardens!
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alexanderaird
14 June 2015|
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Response from Emily S | Property representative |
We welcome all dogs and dog owners at Castle Kennedy Gardens, as long as the dogs are well behaved and on leads. There are no restrictions as to where you can go, although we prefer dogs not to go into the tearoom.
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