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Dean Castle and Country Park

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Dean Road | Off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland
+44 1563 554734
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Always visit this gem at least 2-3 times a week. Lovely castle steeped in scottish history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve P
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I have been here a couple of times. The last being about 2 years ago before a is it just last... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
AndreaLang
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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 Centre. The Castle is now closed for restoration and works will begin in June 2018. From June 2018, you will be able to see the museum collections normally on display in Castle at the Dick Institute, Elmbank St, Kilmarnock. Join us for different holiday activities with the Ranger Service over Easter and summer.
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“petting zoo” (10 reviews)
“animal area” (8 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Dean Road | Off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland
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+44 1563 554734
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"all ages"
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"beautiful woodland"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always visit this gem at least 2-3 times a week. Lovely castle steeped in scottish history surrounded by beautiful woodland and trails. Recently had extensive improvements made to ensure it’s considered an attraction and bring people to this part of ayrshire. We forget here in...More

Thank Steve P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here a couple of times. The last being about 2 years ago before a is it just last weekend. The park where the animals are kept is still under development at the moment. Last time there were more animals and 2 kids...More

1  Thank AndreaLang
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

This is my local park which we are very lucky to have on our doorstep. It was gifted to the people of Kilmarnock by the owners. They recently received grants to do it up and we all thought fantastic. Kilmarnock needs a decent playpark, the...More

1  Thank Kazzachick
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The park has been closed for sometime and its not what we expected at all. The park is OK but we thought it would have been huge changes. Clearly closed for nothing .

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

The park is in the middle of a large scale restoration project which is transforming the dated 1980s buildings and also creating new wetlands, building new bridges and also a new cafe. The old visitor centre has been transformed with a new cafe and shop...More

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Revisited Dean Park after its multi-million refurbishment and ended up somewhat underwhelmed. Yes there are new paths and obvious signs of change but overall the difference is not really noticeable. The children’s playground on the day I visited can only be described as a mud...More

Thank John R
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

The park has been renovated recently, and is looking good. It will look a lot better in spring. Plenty of walks' also a lovely children's play area. Pond with swans and ducks. Many other animals to see. There is a very nice cafe.

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

We went to the Illuminight Water, Light and Sound Show and had a fantastic time. We've been to the Enchanted Forrest and found this to be a much cheaper but just as good experience with less hassle as you don't need to catch a bus...More

Thank Mags B
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

Visited the cafe within the Visitor Centre in December with workmates. We had a nice lunch. Good value for money, friendly helpful staff. Would visit again and recommend it.

Thank Tracy M
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

The new pond... accident waiting to happen, the new play park.... not for children under 10, the cafe.... shockingly bad, the food was terrible. Microwaved everything, cheese and ham toastie with no cheese and wasn't toasted yet somehow it was solid. No side salads. Stale...More

1  Thank Amanda M
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hotelhunk w
19 February 2018|
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Response from hugh284 | Reviewed this property |
I think it is still in the build stage but the council will comply with all health and safety legislation. They would hardly build a dangerous play-park don’t you think??
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Simona S
18 October 2017|
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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.
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Connie B
22 July 2017|
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Response from Laura M | 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.
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