Dean Castle Country Park | Day Out With The Kids

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Dean Castle Country Park

Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

Dean Castle Country Park offers a fantastic and fun family day out and it is free to visit! The park covers over 200 acres, with something for everyone, including wonderful woodland walks, a 14th century castle, an urban farm, a visitor centre and an adventure playground!

There are a number of scenic paths to allow you to explore this wonderful parkland, with plenty of plants and wildlife to see whatever time of year you visit. Kids and adults alike will love the urban farm, which offers the chance to meet the adorable residents, which include a family of llamas, a fallow deer herd, kune kune pigs, plus old favourites such as Timmy and Pip the donkeys! The Pets Corner also has a selection of animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and pygmy goats.

The Countryside Ranger Service is on hand to answer any natural history questions you may have, and if the kids want to get more involved, there is the Squirrel Club for primary school aged children, and Junior Rangers for kids aged between 12 and 16 years old. Both clubs meet regularly at the park and offer the chance to take part in a range of fun activities, conservation tasks and events with the Countryside Ranger Team.

Please be aware that the Keep is currently closed for essential maintenance, but a small selection of arms and armoury are on display and accessible as part of one of the free guided tours on offer. Tours will need to be booked in advance at the castle and children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Dean Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and Arran, KA3 1XB, Scotland


Click here to visit Dean Castle Country Park's website
01563 554734

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Year round access to Park

Visitor Centre
Monday to Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


Free admission


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