Off Glasgow Road
01563 574 916
01563 544 308
Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for all the family. The country park, covering over 200 acres, is nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock and offers something for kids and adults alike to enjoy.
The Country Park boasts beautiful woodland walks, adventure playground, urban farm, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fantastic 14th century castle housing world class collections including historic weapons, armour and musical instruments.
Explore the park using scenic paths and trails - each season brings with it ever changing plants and wildlife that you might spy along the way. With over 80 hectares of countryside within a very urban area, the park is a great place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and see some fantastic wildlife.
Visit our urban farm area and meet some of the residents– Bruno, Lucy and Murron the kune kune pigs, our fallow deer herd, llamas and highland cattle and let’s not forget old favourites - Scott the Clydesdale and Timmy and Pip the donkeys.
Take a free tour of the castle and find out what it’s like to wear some real armour or have a go at playing some replica musical instruments.
Take part in some fun environmental education with the resident Ranger Service who will also answer any natural history related questions that you may have.
From classic car rallies to minibeast hunts, Dean Castle Country Park offers an extensive and varied events programme throughout the year.
Castle or defences
The grounds of the country park are open all year round
Castle and Visitor Centre Opening Times
(Visitor centre includes the tea room and shop)
April - September
Daily from 11am - 5pm
October - March
Wednesday - Sunday
10am - 4pm
Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History
- 21 October — 31 December 2014 *on now
Lords of Kilmarnock and residents of Dean Castle from the 1300’s to the 1700’s, were one of the most powerful and influential families in Scottish history. They played their part in many of the most famous episodes of the time, including the Battle of Largs, the Scottish Wars of Independence, and the Jacobite Rebellion, and even became the Regents of Scotland for the young James III, and had direct links to key players such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce and ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie.
Boyd Exhibition Lords of Kilmarnock and residents of Dean Castle from the 1300’s to the 1700’s, The Boyds were one of the most powerful and influential families in Scottish history playing their part in many famous battles including the Scottish Wars of Independence and the Jacobite Rebellion. Discover their story and much more in this exhibition which contains original documents signed by Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots, paintings, armour and original objects.
- Any age
Back to Basics - Hibernation
- 26 October 2014 1-3pm
Wild animals appear to slow down at this time of year, but where do they go and what do they do? Using specialised equipment, we will survey potential hibernation sites for bats as well as look at how animals behave in the winter.
- Any age