Bank Holiday Closures

Please note some of our venues will close during the Bank Holiday weekend - click below for details.

Bank Holiday Closures

Dean Castle

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
  • Facilities

    • Car Parking
    • Limited access

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 is due to reopen in the Summer of 2021. 

Why not join a stonework tour to find out more about the project? Following an introduction to the history of the castle and its inhabitants, you'll join CBC Stone’s Project Manager for a tour of the restorations, including the battlements, Laigh Tower and Great Hall. The tours are free but numbers are limited so booking is necessary.  

Book a Tour

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 17thcenturies 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 

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
  • Facilities

    • Car Parking
    • Limited access

BY CAR

From the North and South (Glasgow and Prestwick Airports). From A77, take the B7038 turn off,

follow the B7038/Glasgow Road towards the town centre and turn left onto Dean Road. The main

car park is on the left.

ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Dean Castle Country Park is a 15 minute walk from Kilmarnock Train Station or a 5 minute walk from

the X76 Kilmarnock-Glasgow bus route. Alight on Glasgow Road, Kilmarnock, then follow Dean Road

to the Country Park.

BY BIKE

Dean Castle Country Park is on the National Cycle Network. Use Route 73 to get here.

DISABLED VISITORS & BLUE BADGE HOLDERS.

Disabled parking is available

Dean Castle Collections Exhibition at the Dick Institute