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“little gem of a castle”
Review of Dundonald Castle

Dundonald Castle
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US$40.89*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Dundonald
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Explore the high vaulted halls and gloomy dungeons of this splendid stronghold, perched on a hill above the village. Dundonald Castle is a fantastic castle to visit as a tourist, historian or just a day out. Along with the history of the Castle there are some amazing cave spiders that live in the pit.
sunderland
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“little gem of a castle”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

loved the history of this castle once owned as a holiday home by richard II ...we had a tour round by a freindly member of staff not sure of his name but well done to him we had fun with kids taking lots of great pictures the girl in the shop was freindly and chatted away to the kids ...the exhibtion part is great to find out all the castle ....the views were fantastic but had we hada bit better weahter we couldnt of seen more of beautiful scotland :)

Visited August 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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728 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 378 helpful votes
“Prominent Castle, Improved Exhibits, but Less on Show”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

I have been many times over the years and the exhibition area seems to have been upgraded but the contents reduced. The models of the castle over the years are very helpful and well made. Plenty of parking but a narrow approach road and a turning that can be easily missed. The castle looks rather 'Pillbox' like from a distance however it is much more interesting when seen up close and the carvings on the outside south facing wall were impressive as is the great hall.

Had a tea and scone after a long wait to be served and was a but surprised to be asked to help myself to butter and jam from one of the three uncleared tables. As I left I was a bit disturbed to see tables being swept with a brush that was also being used for the floor. Usually a good experience with an informal touch.

A peaceful place with a reasonable range of local and national literature for sale together with cut glass, reproduction coins, etc.

Visited August 2014
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Troon, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great coffee”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

A fantastic view from the top of the castle hill. Friendly, knowledgeable staff on site and great coffee and cake when you come back down the the visitors centre. Browse the ever-changing exhibition or purchase reasonably priced gifts.

Visited August 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“A well preserved castle”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

This castle is in quite good condition apart from the roof being removed some years back to prevent the owner paying tax on it.

You need to pay £4.50 per adult and children under 5 go free. It is a nominal fee to pay for the upkeep of this lovely building but may still be a little expensive due to how small the castle is.

There are 3 floors you get access to 4 if you include the dungeon at the basement level.

The middle floor is no longer there but you have access due to a modern built platform. The top floor is in great condition and the views are amazing. The dungeon is very creepy and you have access to it but by ladder and if you do decide to go down beware of the cave spiders....

The young girl that opened up the entrance for us was very pleasant and had a good knowledge of the building and it's history.

Nice visit but no need to rush back..

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Stands above”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

This Castle is proud on a hill above the Visitor Centre where gifts etc can be purchased and ample parking is available The Staff are very dedicated to their Attraction. Visually the Castle is stunning and has views even to the Paps of Jura. You can clamber to the higher floor or descend to the cellars where Cave Spiders live. A Friend of the Castle was in the building and had a great knowledge of the building and gave an interesting account of it's History. A very striking and interesting building in a great location

Visited July 2014
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