Dean Castle

Dean Castle
Dean Road
Off Glasgow Road
Kilmarnock
Ayrshire
KA3 1XB
Scotland

Website

www.deancastle.com

E-mail

DeanCastle@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Telephone

01563 574 916

Fax

01563 544 308

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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.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Image showing fallen autumn leaves on a forest floor

Wild Woodland Welly Pots

  • 14 October 2014 2-3:30pm

A seasonal walk to collect autumn’s harvest to decorate your own welly boot and take home a sapling for spring. Bring your own welly boot for planting. For online bookings and card payments at Box Office, there will be a small transaction fee of £1.00.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per child, adults free.

Website

http://eastayrshireleisure.com/index.php?a=eventdetail&id=4&eventid=1161#.VCU2qFeKWjY

photograph of birds on bird feeders

Feed the Birds

  • 15 October 2014 2-3:30pm

As we head into winter, our wildlife needs a warm arm around its shoulder to help it through. Come along and make a range of feeders that will help the birds both in the country park and in your garden. For online bookings and card payments at Box Office, there will be a small transaction fee of £1.00.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

http://eastayrshireleisure.com/index.php?a=eventdetail&id=4&eventid=1162#.VCU3tleKWjY

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Hedgehogzzzzzzz

  • 16 October 2014 2-3:30pm

Hedgehogs need a cosy bed for the winter. Make mini hibernation sites in the woods and then construct your own hibernation box to take home for your garden to help our prickly friends survive the winter. For online bookings and card payments at Box Office, there will be a small transaction fee of £1.00.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per child, adults free.

Website

http://eastayrshireleisure.com/index.php?a=eventdetail&id=4&eventid=1163#.VCU4dleKWjY

Big eared townsend bat

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://eastayrshireleisure.com/index.php?a=eventdetail&id=4&eventid=1164#.VCU6G1eKWjY

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