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Dundonald Castle and Visitor Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1371, Dundonald Castle is a splendid example of a medieval tower house, with a fine barrel-vaulted ceiling in the lower hall. Sitting on a prominent hilltop in Dundonald village, Dundonald Castle commands fine views over the Firth of Clyde. The castle was built on the site of earlier castles belonging to the High Stewards of Scotland and can be regarded as the cradle of the Stewart Dynasty. Explore the high-vaulted halls and gloomy dungeons of this splendid stronghold, perched on a hill above the village. The main tower was built in the 1370s by King Robert II to mark his succession to the throne. Its heritage is explored in the visitor centre. The castle visitor's centre includes an exhibition illustrating the history of the site and a display of some of the artefacts found during archaeological excavations on the hill. There is also a souvenir shop and a small cafeteria. Admission Prices: Adults £4.50 Concession £3.60 Children 5+ £2.70 Under 5's FREE
Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Excellent-well worth a visit-this castle stands as a true testament to the builders skills-well worth the short climb to the top!!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Take time out to visit this lovely castle dating back to Robert the Bruce. This is the third Castle on this site. Lovely Coffee Shop. Smugglers trail close by. You can walk the trail all the way to troon

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Having lived in Ayrshire for 25 years, I had been for many a walk around Dundonald Castle - but had never actually been inside it. We decided to visit yesterday and found the castle to be a little hidden gem... It's only £3.50 to be accompanied by a tour guide, who explained the ins and outs of the castle's history. Her customer service was second to none and she gave us plenty of time to wander around the castle/its grounds. I have to admit I didn't realise how rich its history was and it really was interesting to find out about Robert II and his luxurious palace! Plus, the coffee, teas and cakes on offer down at the cafe are really good. Gorgeous views from the top of the castle and a bit of scare if you dare to go down to the pit... All in all, a highly recommended tourist attraction. It won't fill a day, but it'll make for a good morning spent and lots of lovely photographs.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Dundonald castle is a short drive from Troon, Irvine and Kilmarnock. There is free parking and a visitor´s centre which is open in Summer (although you can visit the castle all year round).

You can also reach the castle by bus from Irvine or Kilmarnock (via crosshouse hospital).

You can easily spend an hour or so at the castle with kids and imagine that you are a prince or a princess. there are amazing views over the bay and Troon and in the other direction you can see right over to Kilmarnock.

The visitor´s centre has a small display and a coffee shop too. The guides are ever so friendly and will answer any questions that your kids have.

Defo worth a visit whilst you are in Ayrshire. I often wonder why tourists by-pass these wee castles with such beautiful views in favour of touristy places that cost a fortune to visit and are choc a block with people so you can´t even enjoy them properly.

To get up to the castle there is a flat path ( no stairs) so potentially a wheelchair visitor - with someone to help - could at least get to the top of the hill and see around the downstairs part of the castle. (you can take a pushchair up).

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Very photogenic castle inside and out. The vaulted roof is an amazing sight, friendly guides point out interesting facts and the shop at the bottom of the hill also has friendly staff and make a fine coffee. Who's brave enough to climb down into the pit, I won't spoil it.

Thank DaveAH64
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