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Culzean Castle, Ayr

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With its majestic architecture, antique furnishings, immaculately kept gardens, and seaside location, Culzean Castle serves as a fine example of 18th-century high living. The Marquess of Ailsa used to live here, and today you can freely explore the castle and its surrounding grounds. On your self-guided tour, take in views of the sea from the round drawing room and check out one of the world's largest collections of swords and pistols in the armory. Outside, view the stone grotto and fruit-filled greenhouses of the walled garden and stroll along 4.8 km (3 mi) of beach. The castle is one of Scotland's best places to watch bats, and you can also see a range of other wildlife along Happy Valley woodland trail. For a deeper look at the other historical buildings and sites dotting the grounds, sign up for a ranger-led tour. By using our Ayr attractions planner , you can arrange your visit to Culzean Castle and other attractions in Ayr.
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  • Amazing place to spend a day out- lovely and interesting castle; large area for walking; beautiful location  more »
  • I had not been down to Culzean since I was wee and wasn't sure about revisiting with my 4 year old as her attention span is not the best. We got discounted tickets through a work scheme and went down ...  more »
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  • A fantastic day out. There is a lot of ground to cover on a visit to Culzean. The facilities are very good. Gift shop, eating places and toilet facilities are more than adequate. There is something for every one from nature, history and kids play areas. There are several parking areas within the estate which is great for the less Mobil they are supported by free bus service that stops at all the main locations to visit on the estate. The best way to discover and get the most from your visit is on foot, you can find some hidden gems that way. The food is of a good standard and not too expensive. We took advantage of a soup and sandwich deal that was excellent value for money. The gift shop is well stocked although like most of these types of places is not on the cheap side. A little less profit on the individual items would lead to more sales and ultimately more in the trusts coffers to carry on the great work they do. Finally the staff were very approachable and generally very knowledgeable about Culzean. Well worth a visit, if a family day out and watching the pennies a picnic basket would be the order of the day. All in all a great day out that you will have to repeat to see and take advantage of everything on offer.
  • What a beautiful castle! Impressive what they built here and how well it's preserved. I wish though that Historic Environment Scotland and National Trust for Scotland would work together in order to have a single membership…
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