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“Marvellous Place to Visit”
Review of Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle
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$48.09*
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Ayrshire Coast Day Trip from Glasgow: Robert Burns Country and Culzean Country...
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Maybole
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2014

This 'Castle' and grounds are marvellous. The management of this attraction is first class and the gardens, particularly the walled garden are immaculate (they were when we visited on 14 June 2014). The facilities at the visitor centre are very good - restaurant, shop, ice-cream, toilets. If you're lucky to visit on a sunny day you can see the Mull of Kintyre and Ailsa Craig. There is also a very good cafe 'The Stables' where they sell excellent various types of teas and the best carrot cake I've ever tasted. The 'Castle' (not a fortification, more a huge house) is superb to visit. Although there are guides in most of the rooms, it is worth going on the 1 hour tour - the armoury room is just phenomenal. The walled garden must not be missed and a very helpful gardener is in attendance. Plants are for sale (reasonably priced). The Swan Lake and Pagoda are worth a visit, It is a long walk from the Castle, approx 20 minutes, but you can drive there (slowly) through the grounds passing the walled garden on the way. There is a small cafe at the lake. All the staff we met were extremely pleasant and helpful. Yes, the entrance fee may be expensive, but you need a whole day to see the place and it is cheaper to join the Scottish National Trust which gives you free entry to this and and their other properties. You may think this is a gushing praise for an attraction, but it was a beautiful sunny day when we visited and the management and staff of the attraction made the day.

Thank Tony H
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

A lovely day out. Gardens, castle and swan lake. There was a craft fair while we were there, other things going on all the time.

Thank bbcrystal
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

really overpriced £15.50 per adult is an insult very disappointing, we were looking forward to this attraction and the adjoining swan pond but for us it would have cost almost £50. I understand that facilities like this require funding but if it was priced better maybe more people would visit, also staff at the gate were not very pleasant or helpful

2  Thank rplyness
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

Huge castle with expansive gardens. This was our first castle in Scotland ....the start of many more to come. It was most impressive. The gardens were lovely to walk through and I expect would be even more spectacular just a little later in the season. The rhododendrons were out and were beautiful. The entrance fee is a little expensive but worth it . If you are going to any of the other National Trust of Scotland sites consider a membership as it will be worth it and supports a good cause. This is also good for other UK National Trust sites (in fact I think it is good for other National trust Commonwealth sites too) Be careful when you are looking at which sites you are going to as there are several different 'trusts' and membership in one does not mean you have membership in another. i.e. Historic Scotland is completely separate.

Thank HRHCaoimhe
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

You will need a day to appreciate this venue. We went for a day trip from kirkcudbright and it was superb. Good parking and facilities. Beautiful grounds amazing interior. What more could you ask for.

Thank Delya W
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