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Dean Castle

Discover more about the early history of the Castle and the Boyd family in our video Deep Roots



Venue Details

  • Contact Details

    Dean Castle Country Park
    Dean Road, Kilmarnock
    KA3 1XB

    Enquiries:

    Call
    info@eastayrshireleisure.com

    For School Or Groups:

    info@eastayrshireleisure.com

  • Opening Hours

    • Sunday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Monday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Tuesday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Wednesday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Thursday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Friday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Saturday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open

Major repair and refurbishment works are underway at Dean Castle. The Castle's collections of early musical instruments, arms and armour and tapestries have been taken to the Dick Institute for safe-keeping and display. The Castle Collections display is free to visit -  opening times of the Dick Institute can be found here

The Castle was originally due to re-open in 2021 but due to the pandemic, it will now re-open in 2022 and we will continue to update the page as work continues and more information is available. 

Dean Castle was the home and stronghold of the Boyd family for over 400 years. The Keep, dating to around 1350 will house outstanding displays that tell the story of the Boyd family and medieval life, as well as East Ayrshire’s stunning collection of arms and armour, once restoration is complete.

The 15th century Palace was spectacularly rebuilt from ruins by the 8th Lord Howard de Walden in the 1930s. The result is a sensitive restoration in keeping with the interior design of the 16th and 17th centuries and even re-using original 17th century fixtures and fittings taken from Balfour House, Fife. This building will tell the stories of the Howard de Walden family and showcase an internationally significant collection of medieval musical instruments


The Project

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

Read More About the Project 

Outlander

If you are a fan of Outlander then a visit to Dean Castle when it re-opens is a must as it was used as the location of Beaufort Castle in S2 of the hit TV series.

Venue Details

  • Contact Details

    Dean Castle Country Park
    Dean Road, Kilmarnock
    KA3 1XB

    Enquiries:

    Call
    info@eastayrshireleisure.com

    For School Or Groups:

    info@eastayrshireleisure.com

  • Opening Hours

    • Sunday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Monday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Tuesday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Wednesday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Thursday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Friday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open
    • Saturday: Closed for Restoration. Country Park remains open