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“Great family day out”

Kelburn Castle and Country Centre
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Really pleasant day out. Adventure course great fun and secret forest maze was brilliant with lots of hidden secrets. Castle graffiti mural is wonderful and the grounds are beautiful and extensive to walk in. Well worth a visit, particularly this Halloween. Will go again.

1  Thank penguin33
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Like other visitors, we benefited from a groupon voucher for reduced entry price which was a bargain! Had a fantastic day with the kids. Greeted by (possibly) the friendliest park ranger ever then given advice as to the most age appropriate activities with our kids (2 under 4). They loved the fort & the secret forest attractions the most. Plenty to explore for their age group but can see in the next year or two it'd be even better and we'll definitely go back. It's the sort of place you could visit 3 or more times & have a completely different experience each time,

Best bit was that we brought a buggy for our youngest but were advised that we would find it difficult (read - impossible) in the secret forest, which is arguably the best bit. So they provide parents of toddlers good quality (& clean) backpack carriers so no part of the park was off limits. All for no extra charge. I've never been offered this elsewhere & felt it was a really nice touch esp. as we didn't have to pay for the privilege!

2  Thank scouserweegie
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We haven't been to Kelburn for years and we got a family ticket for £13 from Amazon local. Staff were very friendly. The Secret Forest was fantastic. The Fort was good fun. Thought there was more animals than the rabbits and guinea pigs we found. I didn't mind the £13 we paid but I think for what there is,the normal entry of £27 is a bit steep. I think it needs a bit of a makeover. We will return again though because it is a lovely place to visit. Toilets could definitely do with a upgrade as well.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Went here on Sunday with the family after seeing the glorious weather. We bought the tickets from Groupon so only paid £16 for the family.

When we arrived we were directed to the car park and then got our entry tickets. We had just missed archery and duck racing :-( at 3.00 there was a falconry display which kept everyone entertained for 30 minutes with a few interactions with the kids and some adults which always gets people going.

After that it was a walk through the forest into the secret garden. There is so many things here to see and do that you could easily spend hours just exploring. As previous reviews have said there are a couple of adventure areas for the kids with the bigger one for over 8's being particularly good for my kids. The castle itself looks great with the graffiti on the walls however the kids would have liked to have been allowed in. The castle gardens are also lovely and beautifully maintained.

Close to the main entrance you have a sweet shop, souvenir shop and a cafe which is also licensed with a seating area outside which was all very pleasant.

The paths are not suitable for people with buggies but then country parks usually aren't if they are similar to this.

Overall a great day, made better by the weather. On a final note, all the staff we spoke to were extremely helpful and friendly.

1  Thank Codename047
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Blessed with glorious sunshine (Saturday 28th Sep), we had the most fabulous day out in this kingdom of mystical and magic exploration for the kids, (although the adults were almost as mesmerised).
An abundance of explorative adventure from the historical trails to the secret garden, to the walled and children's gardens, to the adventure playground, and the daily activities, and the various animals, (rabbits, goats, and alpacas) this place has the lot.
When we arrived we were given a map and a brief description of the layout, and a quiz sheet for the kids which, if they answered correctly they would be able to unlock the treasure chest and choose something from it. The answers were all to be found within the various atttractions and included questions like 'name a book in the Gingerbread House' and ' What were the goblins harvesting in the Goblin's castle'. All very thrilling and exciting for our 10 year olds and of course the anticipation of opening the treasure chest at the end of the day excited them further.
The attractions merge with the natural park so in addition to the above, the wildlife, flora and fauna etc we found to be very informative for the kids.
The waterfall which cascades into a cristal clear pool is quite beautiful and were it an attraction in a 'hot' country, would, Im sure be heaving with tourists.
We were very impressed with 'no hidden costs' other than the pony rides which cost £3, and food if required, there was nothing else to pay, and, the food and drinks were amazingly cheap. Around £3 for a burger and £1.50 for a large and (very good) coffee.
Lots of people had brought their own picnics, unusually allowed in these establishments which we thought was very accommodating
We were also impressed with the daily free activities which included a falconry display, an archery competition and the duck race, which was an absolute hoot. Its hilarious to see grown men screaming for the rangers to release their ducks when they got stuck in the rocks and whirlspools.........to win a lollipop! But somehow the rangers have mastered the art of audience participation, and I take my hat off to them for that.
All the staff seemed very happy. Smiling and joking continously, and very patient with the kids. Martin was great giving the children some clues to the questions they were stuck at (without actually telling them), and Dougie the falconer was amazing, managing to incorporate a falconry display with loads of comedy thrown in.
Although I dont altogether agree with wild creatures in activity, these birds seems content and relaxed and Dougie was obviously passionate about them and their well being. The kids got involved with and loved the display.
What else can I say? We were there from 10 in the morning till 5 in the evening, and I dont believe we seen it all...........it seems to go on and on and on.
Great day, and 2 exhausted kids sleeping at 8 on Saturday night.
Magic!

2  Thank bethspoon
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