Gifted to the people of Kilmarnock by the 9th Lord Howard de Walden in 1975, the magnificent 14th century castle provides an excellent starting point for exploring the history of the area.
Once you’ve soaked up the atmosphere of the castle, take time to relax in front of the Dower House or the Kitchen Garden with its seasonal fruit and vegetables. In 2012, the new circular seat in front of the Dower House was designed by local artist John Crosby and students from St. Joseph’s Academy to celebrate the rights of workers from around the world.
As well as this, you can discover the history of the whole estate by taking a walk along the History Trail and appreciate the formal gardens, the Pinetum which dates back to 1918, the newly planted arboretum, the family graveyard, fallow deer park and the Motte and Bailey, which is claimed to be the site of the original Kilmarnock Castle.
Pick up a booklet form the Visitor Centre and create a DIY souvenir guide to remember your visit.
Contact Dean Castle on 01563 554736.