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Dean Castle and Country Park

#1 of 25 things to do in Kilmarnock Features Animals
Dean Road, off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland
+44 1563 554736
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A Wee Gem

Dean Castle Country Park is a fabulous wee find. There is, of course, the famed Castle. The newly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Diablo6666
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Newmilns, United Kingdom
Good walk on a great day

Visited the park for a walk through. The park is still being upgraded but it's still a great walk... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
martin n
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Kilmarnock, 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 is midway through a project to upgrade its rural life centre, play park and visitor centre; these will reopen in autumn 2017
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Dean Road, off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Dean Castle Country Park is a fabulous wee find. There is, of course, the famed Castle. The newly constructed visitors centre. Miles of beautiful walks. The 'farm', playpark, and open areas for sunbathing and picnics.Visiting Ayrshire? Then seek it out and enjoy a wonderful day.

Thank Diablo6666
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your great review! We're not quite ready to reopen the buildings to the public yet, but please come back and see us when we do.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the park for a walk through. The park is still being upgraded but it's still a great walk with various trails taking you in all directions. I have also taken my bike and the paths are wide enough if people are walking. Worth a...More

Thank martin n
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Martin. We hope you enjoyed exploring the park! The park connects to the National Cycle Network so there's lots of places to go. The paths are being upgraded in order that bikes can go on more trails, so it's great to hear that they're...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The park and castle are free to enter - see the animals and enjoy a walk around the gounds - the staff are friendly and helpful enjoy a free visit around the small castle it takes about 30 minsMore

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Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi David, thanks for the review. It's really great to be able to offer this whole attraction for free! At the moment we also have free summer activites to keep the kids occupied during the holidays, from bushcraft survival skills to minibeast hunting. You can...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love walking through the park with the dog. Great space. Lots of work going on at the moment so not in the best shape but still fab!More

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Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for reviewing us, Laura. We know that the dog walkers of the Kilmarnock love the park. The redevelopments are going to be on for a wee while yet, but will make a big difference, especially with the new footpaths and 2 new bridges going...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

There is a lot of work going on but everyone was very helpful, we saw part of an exhibition in the domestic part of the castle, saw a film about the Boyd Family, that was interesting. One of the girls who works there has an...More

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Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, Eileen. We are also very much looking forward to the finished Visitor Centre! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Castle. It's always a good idea to pick the brains of the Visitor Assistants on duty - they know huge amounts...More

Reviewed 24 May 2017

Stopped off a the country park on our way home from a short break in the Highlands. Lovely place to take the dog for a walk and a pleasant surprise to come across the deer in the fenced compound. The gardens are lovely and although...More

Thank Kath H
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Hi Kath, Thanks very much for your review. I hope you enjoyed your holiday. Our fallow deer are about to give birth at the beginning of June so that will be very exciting. Our improvements are due to be ready after the summer so watch...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

Paid a visit to Dean Castle as part of a trip tracing my partner's ancestors. Most of castle and visitors centre was. Lower due to restoration although this did not spoil the visit. Well maintained grounds, peaceful and a delight to walk around. Met an...More

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Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Thanks very much for your kind review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the park and meeting our staff. Do come back and see us again when all the work is finished.

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

The family loved this place . Very rural and a lot of fun . Lovely walks , beautiful river , a cafe , a castle , pets to feed , lovelyMore

Thank Tina K
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review us, Tina. At the moment we are working hard on the redevelopment of the park, so not everything is open just now. You can check out the plans for the park and what closures are in place on...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

nice park to let the weans run about no really any traffic to worry about .you have the swings etc and the animals that you can walk round to see with the kids

Thank archiemoore34
Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thanks for your review Archie! Come back and see us soon - we now have new lambs and baby Bagot and Pygmy Goat kids for you to see.

Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

A great place for adults and children alike to get out in the great outdoors. Set in the grounds of the castle there is plenty to keep the kids happy, castle visit, play park, adventure trails and a animal park. With no or little money...More

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Laura M, Front Office Manager at Dean Castle and Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Thanks for your great review James. There are lots of improvements going on just now, so keep in touch on Facebook and on our website for what is open and when. We can't wait for the improvements to be finished and we hope that you'll...More

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Connie B
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William M
13 June 2017|
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Response from Laura M | Property representative |
Hi William, Great question! The castle is no longer inhabited by the Scott-Ellis family, who carried out the restorations, or the Boyds, who built it. The castle and estate were given to Kilmarnock Council (as it was then... More
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Neili H
3 February 2017|
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Response from Laura M | Property representative |
Hi Neili, Thanks for getting in touch. The building works to the Visitor and Rural Life Centres are progressing well. The path network is being upgraded on a rolling basis, at the moment, the paths north past the Rural... More
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