The Museum of Ayrshire Country

The Museum of Ayrshire Country, Kilwinning: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Museum of Ayrshire Country Reviews: 4.5/5

The Museum of Ayrshire Country

The Museum of Ayrshire Country
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Mark H
Kilwinning, UK13 contributions
A very good traditional museum with a focus on historic clothing
Aug 2019
Housed in a working watermill, the focus is on historic clothing. There is a small cafe with good home made cooking. A great place to spend an hour or two.
Written December 30, 2019
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Whiskygolf
Kilwinning, UK21 contributions
Great place to visit for people local and afar.
Sep 2019
Very interesting place to visit full of interesting items and historical artefacts in a beautiful setting.
Written October 27, 2019
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jinty20162017
Ayrshire, UK53 contributions
An amazing blast from historical past. Something for everyone.
Sep 2018 • Family
41 Fabulous original victorian dresses on show, from a collection of 4000, to take your breath away. Beautiful accessories.
Amazing dolls house. History in tools, farming and dairy implements. Victorian parlour, kitchen, bedroom, working class living.. Renovation history of the mill. Awesome!!
Written September 15, 2018
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Bill S
Worcestershire, UK9 contributions
For us this was an inspirational visit enhanced by experiencing the creative mix between artisan labour and art
Aug 2018 • Couples
This was a blessed day and learning experience for us both as we delighted in the creative mix between the Mills work and other artisan vocations being showcased alongside art and textiles. We were escorted around the Mill by Chris who was very enthusiastic, personable and knowledgeable - a very real tribute to his family. There was a vast array of items to view that were accessible and well set out. The Mill has a fascinating history going back to the 13th century, with around 100 years involvement in the latter years by the Ferguson family who turned the work into becoming a trust - well done.
On reflection we were delighted to note that in a sense "the prodigal" became the "Saviour" of the mill when Chris' Grandfather Robert contrary to family advice did not follow [directly] in the Mill work but went off to build a career in being an architect-art and drama buff and College lecturer. But in taking this tangential route he returned in the 1980's with his family and by dint of an enormous amount of informed effort reclaimed the languishing Mill guiding it into being the excellent Trust it now is.
So there are some big lessons to be learned at the Mill to inspire our own lives - one person with vision can make a BIG difference.
Complimentary to the above we enjoyed excellent refreshment in the Cafe and a great walk along the river, Praise God, a day we will not forget in a hurry and a venue Margaret and me can heartily commend to each and all.
Eternal Regards, Bill & Margaret
Written August 13, 2018
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gordonxwalker
Galston23 contributions
Hidden gem - should be better known
Jun 2017 • Friends
This is also known by its location name as Dalgarven Mill. Under that name it has lots of reviews, so look there for more information.

Quite simply, this place is a fascinating museum of original clothing, tools, household objects, machinery and more from over the last couple of centuries. It is housed in a working water mill with explanations of how the mill operated. It has a fine tea room/coffee shop with home bakes and light lunches. Space can be very short, so it is worth booking a table if you must eat! Warning though, cash is the only payment accepted.

If this place was in a tourist hot spot, then it would doubtless be a must see; the collection would not be out of place in a city. As it is, it is up a single track road with very limited signage, and away from the tourist footfall. I suggest it is well worth a visit. Note that the contents of the mill is but a fraction of the objects that could be displayed, and that the exhibits change regularly.

Opposite the mill is Saks and Hart, a country living shop which is very much worth a visit. Plastic is very much accepted here; you may need it as there are many temptations to be had. Again, a store that would not be out of place in Bath, Harrogate or York - of course, as it is, it is up a single track road with NO signage...
Written June 16, 2017
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tavernaagape32
Coylton, UK72 contributions
good but needs more information
Apr 2017 • Family
This is set in the working mill of dalgarven mill. It's interesting but a lot of the rooms felt like junk yards and indeed were set out like that with piles of old things piled up all together without labels or explanations. It could be a lot better I think. The leaflet needs to warn visitors that there's a lot of stairs and no chairs for people to sit down. The cafe is cute and countrified with friendly staff. Be warned they don't take cash. The wheels of the mill needs resetting as its extremely noisy and seems to be clunking and banging irregularly unlike other mills I've been to. Worth a visit, take cash and strong legs.
Written April 7, 2017
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Peter B
East Ayrshire, UK35 contributions
Dalgarven Mill Museum of Country Life and Costume.
Feb 2017 • Couples
Dalgarven Mill deserves more exposure. A fascinating collection of machinery, costumes and essentials of country life in times gone by. Although I have to confess to being familiar with many of the exhibits from the 1930s to 1950s, so a trip down nostalgia lane for me.

My wife was most interested in the collection of costumes from the 1800s, and as it was a very wet day and there were no other visitors at the time, we were privileged to be shown some of the massive stock of clothing not normally on show.

My own interest was in machinery and tools, and I recognised some of the bicycles I had ridden in my youth. The selection of tools was amazing, difficult to guess what some of them were used for.

The coffee shop does good coffee and a selection of cakes, sandwiches, soup and so forth, so no need to go hungry.

All in all, a worth while visit to an under used Museum.
Written February 8, 2017
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Bob J
Glasgow, UK90 contributions
Fantastic Exhibition
Apr 2016 • Solo
Step back in time with a visit here. I saw many items that I remember my grandparents had in their home - a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Written April 24, 2016
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The Museum of Ayrshire Country is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM