Culzean Castle is one of Scotland's most popular castles. It is managed by the National Trust for Scotland and lies in a picturesque spot on the cliff tops about 12mi/19.2km south of Ayr.A fortress had stood on this spot since the 14th C, but in the 18th C it was transformed into a "picture-book" castle. The ninth Earl of Cassillis Sir Thomas Kennedy had a new wing added on the seaward side and in 1777 his brother David the 10th Earl of Cassillis commissioned Robert Adam the celebrated Classical architect to rebuild it in Italian style.
Culzean Castle Map
Official site: www.culzeanexperience.org
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Oct 31: 10:30am-5pm
Entrance fee in GBP: Family £34.00, Adult £14.00, Child £10.00, Concession or reduced rate £10.00
Useful tips: Last admission 4 p.m. Combined ticket for castle and country park listed. Country Park and Walled Garden open all year, daily 9.00-dusk.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Typical Visit: 3 hours
Maybole - Culzean Castle and Country Park
The 568 acre/230ha. park at Culzean Castle was Scotland's first country park (1969) with the farmhouse, another creation of Robert Adam, serving as the reception and information center for visitors. The most striking features are the Fountain Court, the Walled Garden with some colorful flower beds and Sir Herbert Maxwell's Scottish Garden.The grounds also include a deer park, a swan pond, orangery, woodlands, terraces, herbaceous borders, a fountain garden and a large walled garden.
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