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Dean Castle and Country Park

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Closed Now: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Lovely place for a walk.

The castle is closed until 2020 but the grounds are open and well marked for a choice of scenic... read more

Reviewed today
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Country park

The Dean castle is a great day out and i would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. They have long... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
James W
Placerville, California
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Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all the family. The Country Park boasts a 14th century castle and beautiful woodland walks. The Country Park has completed a project to upgrade its Rural Life Centre, play park and Visitor...more
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Dean Road | Off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland
+44 1563 554734
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Reviewed today

The castle is closed until 2020 but the grounds are open and well marked for a choice of scenic country walks. We were there some years ago and loved it and will return again after it’s open. In the meantime the Dick Institute has some...More

Thank bettymat2018
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Dean castle is a great day out and i would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. They have long walks and animals for the children. Excellent.

Thank James W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am so disappointed in the new fixtures at the Dean Park this used to be a great family day out where you could walk see the animals have a great play at the park and have a picnic, not anymore!! The new centre is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free parking, deer a plenty and some great walks by a river. The castle will be closed until 2020 but I'm sure when it re-opens after a lot of work it will be a top attraction; even better than now. I have some changed in...More

Thank scottysusan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent park for all ages. Good mix of animals, great playpark and lots of corners where you can get near enough the river to throw stones for half an hour. Great morning out.

Thank Liz D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The park was beautiful, well looked after and lovely and clean. The staff in the restaurant where polite,friendly and genuinely lovely people. Would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a delicious meal or just a lovely country walk.

Thank Sian D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dean Park is a good place to take the family, with open grassed area for play and an activity area for the young ones. The park is in a lovely setting, with the Kilmarnock water running through the heart of the park. The deer...More

Thank Angela J
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Myself and my mistress went to this cafe after a walk and the value is amazing, we had the tea for two with the platter all for £10. This is why people in this country are obese. It was an absolute taste sensation. Would recommend...More

Thank RubberWizards69
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Beautiful park with lovely forest walks. Great for kids and dogs. The castle itself is currently undergoing some work but regardless, it is still a nice setting.

Thank Keith D
Reviewed 20 July 2018

A large park with lots of footpaths but could benefit from more signage as it is easy to get lost. The deer near the entrance were a real highlight. Café was reasonably priced but menus difficult to find. Baked potato was overcooked & iced tea...More

Thank Moyra K
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hotelhunk w
19 February 2018|
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Response from Tracy M | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I have never been in the play park as I don't have children. I presume it will comply with health and safety guidelines. I suggest you contact East Ayrshire Leisure who run the Castle and country park. The play park is... More
Simona S
18 October 2017|
Response from Hayley B | Reviewed this property |
Was there last week all the new bridges in place if you fancy just a walk but other amenities still under construction.
Connie B
22 July 2017|
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Response from LauraM16994 | Property representative |
Hi Connie, People will definitely be able to get married at the Dower House again next year. Earliest dates are likely to be spring 2018.