The castle, dating back to the 13th century, still lived in by the Earl of Glasgow and is covered in graffiti.
Tel: 01475 568685
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)
Kelburn Castle and Country Centre is an ideal day out for all the family.
Head into The Secret Forest to explore the world within. Enter the Giant’s Castle, The Hexagonal Gingerbread House or Crocodile Swamp and Grotto at your peril! The Gate with the Three Entrances leads you into the Bamboo Maze and Fairy Village. Climb to the top of the 12m high Pagoda to the balcony, for spectacular views over the Secret Forest. Visit the Woodcutter’s House, The Castle with No Entrance or The Inner Wood, enclosed by trees and branches that form a canopy over your head.
Tackle the Adventure Park – a challenging trail of walkways, stepping stones, tunnels, swings and scramble nets, all in a natural setting integrated into the landscape.
Step into the Wild West Saloon, an exciting play area set within a wooden fort with a raised walkway around the outer battlements. Inside you will find slides, a sand pit, a scramble net and a watchtower.
Mums and dads can relax in the cafe at the Indoor Playbarn while children tackle an exciting maze of slides, caves, ball pool, climbing wall and a castle.
Explore the beautiful and unique scenery of Kelburn. The Grounds have much to offer and include some special features, including The Weeping Larch which spreads like a green canopy between the tennis court and the Plaisance. This unique tree is thought to be 180 years old. In addition, the 1000-Year-Old Yews have been recognised by the Forestry Commission as two of the 100 most important ‘heritage’ trees in Scotland; they are to be found in the Walled Garden and are thought to be older than the castle and the estate. At the bottom of the Glen is The Waterfall. Here the burn drops 6 metres into a spectacular grotto surrounded on three sides by overhanging cliffs of sandstone.
The Pleasance at Kelburn is a formal garden walled on three sides, most likely built in the late 18th century and boasts colourful displays almost all year round.
The colourful Graffiti Castle is a unique project and a one-off, giant piece of collaborative art. In 2011, the mural was named as one of the world’s top 10 examples of street art by author and designer Tristan Manco – on a par with Banksy’s work in Los Angeles and the Favela Morro Da Providencia in Rio de Janeiro.
Tours of the castle are available for a short period during the Summer months only.
Kelburn also offers camping and caravan/motorhome pitches. There are also 3 Yurts available for hire – check the website for details.
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated regularly. Some attractions are starting to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Enjoy browsing the site for trips and please check directly with the venue before visiting. Let’s Go with the Children is here to help and support families with ideas and information on what attractions are re-opening.