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Culzean Castle and Country Park, Ayr
(4.4/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
With its majestic architecture, antique furnishings, immaculately kept gardens, and seaside location, Culzean Castle and Country Park serves as a fine example of 18th-century high living. The Marquess of Ailsa used to live here, and today you can freely explore the castle and its surrounding grounds. On your self-guided tour, take in views of the sea from the round drawing room and check out one of the world's largest collections of swords and pistols in the armory. Outside, view the stone grotto and fruit-filled greenhouses of the walled garden and stroll along 4.8 km (3 mi) of beach. The castle is one of Scotland's best places to watch bats, and you can also see a range of other wildlife along Happy Valley woodland trail. For a deeper look at the other historical buildings and sites dotting the grounds, sign up for a ranger-led tour. Add Culzean Castle and Country Park to your Ayr travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Ayr vacation route planner.
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  • One of the most romantic places I've even had the pleasure of staying in. I felt I'd gone back in time. The whole tour and history of the castle was amazing. Staying in the Eisenhower suite full of hi...  more »
  • There are many different places to explore once you are inside. The castle itself is great but the grounds are extensive from the swan pond to the walled garden to the adventure park for the children ...  more »
  • We visited Culzean Castle whilst staying at the nearby Haven site. As England's National Trust members we were delighted to find we could enter for free! The castle was fantastic, and had a trail for ...  more »
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  • Really stunning location and views over to arran and Ailsa Craig however the castle ish a bit disappointing as it's very restricted access inside. Nice coffee shop in the stables with lovely outdoor seating.
  • Great place, lovely cenery and perfect for anyone wanting a day out I peace. Would definitely recommend it to people.
  • Visited Culzean Castle as a young boy at primary school and several times since. It is absolutely magnificent. A great place to explore and to learn. 10 out of 10. A must see.
  • Beautiful - a stunning castle set in a magical location with great facilities for all sorts of visitors. Make sure you take a whole day to really explore the place.
  • This is a beautiful place! The guides are just great - knowledgeable and chatty. The grounds are beautiful - gardens, pond, and a nice tea shop asks gift shop.