Dean Castle

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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


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

Dean Castle
Dean Road
Off Glasgow Road


East Ayrshire Leisure

Dean Castle

Development Plans



01563 554736

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