Dean Castle Development Plans

East Ayrshire Council, supported by East Ayrshire Leisure, were recently awarded £1.5M from Heritage Lottery Fund towards the restoration and modernisation of Dean Castle.

The project, due to run between 2017 and 2020, has a total cost of £5.2M, with funding of £500K also secured from Historic Environment Scotland, and the remainder coming from East Ayrshire Council.

The funding will allow essential stonework restoration to the external fabric of the castle buildings to be carried out, alongside the internal modernisation and redisplay of our world class museum collections and exhibition areas.

The funding will also support a range of apprenticeship and learning programmes around the stonework restoration and collection conservation aspects of the project. Alongside the £3.4M awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015 to develop the Dean Castle Country Park, the aim is to create a fully integrated, five star visitor attraction that encourages many more people to visit the Castle to enjoy and learn from its fascinating heritage, bringing economic benefit to the area.


For the most up-to-date details about the project and ways to get involved keep an eye on this page.