History

Gifted to the people of Kilmarnock by the 9th Lord Howard de Walden, the Castle and Country Park opened to the public in 1981.  ´╗┐Follow the History Trail to discover more about the land and the people who lived and worked here. Wander through the Pinetum, planted by Lady Margherita Howard de Walden and visit the tranquil De Walden family graveyard. Discover how the industrial revolution affected the landscape of the Park and how local people began to use the Park for leisure and relaxation.

 

Dean Castle dominates the landscape, as it would have in the 14th century. Currently closed for restoration, you can find out more about the history of the Castle, the Boyd family and the Howard de Waldens at the Dick Institute or by calling into the Visitor Centre.

 

Take a free tour of the Country Park and hear more about its history with our Visitor Services Assistants, leaving every Thursday at 2pm and Saturday at 11am and 2pm from the Visitor Centre.

 

Explore the Castle’s collections on Future Museum

 

The early history of the Castle and the Boyd family is re-told in our video Deep Roots