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Culzean Castle and Country Park, Ayr

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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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  • Caution pure rip off - 10.50 pounds at the gate - next 10.50 pounds in the Castle - more 2.50 pounds for digital guide - natural home farm restaurant (what else)
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  • My family and i go here as often as we can, its fantastic in the summer and on Sundays the staff open the smugglers cave under the castle. They have excursions all year round for kids and there are so...  more »
  • We stayed in the Eisenhower hotel in the castle. Only six room and a great room facing the sea. The two guys running the show were brilliant and one gave us a private tour of the castle. We had aftern...  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.