One of Scotland's top visitor attractions with extensive grounds to run around in and regular family events at the castle.
Maybole KA19 8LE
Tel: 01655 884455
Animals, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Regularly voted one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions Culzean Castle and the Country Park surrounding it has something to offer all the family. The Castle itself, perched dramatically on it’ s rocky outcrop above the sea dates from the 18th century and displays it’ s Robert Adam design features proudly. Daily tours of the castle let you experience this superbly preserved example of high-class living in the 1700s. Amongst the beautifully appointed rooms, containing furnishings, artwork and period artefacts, the chief examples are the armoury, the grand oval staircase and the Round Drawing Room, with breath-taking views out over the Ayrshire coast to Arran. Younger family members can be encouraged to try and find the Lego figure hidden in each room.
The upper floors of the castle contain a suite of rooms presented for his use to Dwight D Eisenhower in 1945 as a gesture of appreciation for his contribution to the Allied victory in the Second World War. There is no public access to these rooms, but they are available as accommodation through The National Trust. Outside in the country park there is a wide variety of landscape for you to explore, from the formal garden and orangery just below the castle, to the walled garden, three miles of coastline with rock pools, caves and sandy beaches, to the deer park, complete with llamas too.
Children are well catered for at Culzean, and the fantastic Adventure Cove play park provides the ideal environment for them to play in safely. There are plenty of places to stop for a snack, treat or something more substantial at Culzean, from light refreshments at the Swan Pond Kiosk, light lunches and baking at The Stables, overlooking the sea or a meal in the licensed self-service restaurant at The Home Farm, or you can take your own picnic and enjoy it in the open air.
A programme of events is run at Culzean all through the year, including workshops, nature trails and live theatrical and musical performances. Check the website or contact direct for details.