Culzean Castle – A Review


Culzean Castle has been on my to-do list for a long time now.

As a kid, we had a family camping holiday there. I remember swimming while it was raining and a big castle, but everything else was a blur. Ah, vague, useless memories.

Today, the National Trust for Scotland’s website made the place look very interesting, so we decided to pack up a picnic and make the 50 mile journey with the kids.

Located just south of Maybole on the Ayrshire coast, the Culzean Castle estate is huge. If your kids are young, you can do what we did and drive between the different areas to save their little legs. Our first stop was the play area, Adventure Cove.

Adventure Cove

Culzean Castle

We’ve all seen the wooden fort style play areas in various places, but I have never seen one as impressive as this. It was huge and in excellent condition. It looked brand new. There were half a dozen slides built into the fort, climbing areas and a sand pit. The kids adored it.

Culzean Castle

There were also rope slides with baby seats on, which, again, the kids loved. Horse saddle swings, seesaws, boats, more climbing areas. It was top quality. The kids would have been happy to stay there all day.

Culzean Castle

We tore them away with the promise of ice cream. A short walk to the shop took us past a picturesque lake with ducks and swans. The sun had come out and was sizzling at this point. It was simply beautiful.

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle

After a little more admiring of the scenery and pagoda, we jumped in the car and headed to the next stop – the Walled Garden.

Culzean Castle Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle Culzean Castle

Even though the garden was in something of a transition, it still looked great. Cleverly intertwined trees formed circular secret spots, tropical trees faired well and avenues of flowers made the place look and smell divine. My favourite was a stunning Yew tree. I don’t know why, but it resonated with me. Perhaps I was a Yew in a former life.

Culzean Castle Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle

Onwards, and we parked again further along the park. The parking spaces are a little snug. Nevertheless, we managed to find spaces at every attempt with little to no stress.

The walk to the Castle takes you over a bridge from which you can see more beautiful gardens. You also get your first view of the sea. And then, of course, there is the castle itself. It is stunning and in great condition.

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle

Entering the castle takes you to a room decorated entirely in guns and knives. If you have any questions about any aspect of the castle, every room had staff to hand who knew an incredible amount of information about the history of the castle.

A well signed tour of the castle takes you through well preserved rooms to see amazing décor, furniture and surroundings. We were looking at a huge portrait of Bonaparte when a guide told us all about it. About its history and what the different aspects of the picture meant. I was extremely impressed!

Culzean Castle is one of many amazing properties managed by The National Trust for Scotland. Entry cost £38 for a family ticket, but if you like visiting places like this, you may be better off with an annual Family Membership pass. They cost £84.00 and will allow two adults and up to four children access all of their wonderful places. If that isn’t enough to persuade you, then how about getting an extra three months free? Yup, follow this link and get 15 months for the price of 12. Deals for families don’t get any better.

15 Comments

  1. 8 August 2016
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    This looks a stunning place to visit, unfortunately it is too far away for us to do in a day. It looks like heaven for kids x

    • Alistair
      8 August 2016
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      You can book a room in the Castle and stay as long as you need!

  2. 8 August 2016
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    We’re National Trust members but this place is probably the furthest away from us! Would love to visit Culzean Castle – it looks wonderful! Love the fort!

  3. 8 August 2016
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    There are so many amazing castles in Scotland. I would love to visit them all, but I live so far away, at the other side of the country. This castle looks impressive, so big and beautiful, and those gardens perfect for a relaxing stroll around.

  4. 8 August 2016
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    What a beautiful place and lots to do with kids. A perfect place for a picnic too. We have been to a few castles in Wales recently and I find them fascinating

  5. 8 August 2016
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    This looks a beautiful place! Something for everyone here. I like my flowers photos and the kids like to play. Would love to see the Castle 🙂

  6. 8 August 2016
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    Not sure when we will next be in Scotland but oh wow, what an amazing place. Looks really family friendly, I hope to visit one day

  7. 9 August 2016
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    Wow I have never been to Scotland but I love castles and I love history so this might be a great place to visit. The walled garden is lovely!

  8. I would love to visit the castle. Looks amazing.

  9. 9 August 2016
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    What an absolutely stunning place to visit, I always wonder what kind of people lived in them x

  10. 10 August 2016
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    I don;t think I would have got my kids out of that playground but the whole place looks like a wonderful place to explore

  11. 10 August 2016
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    That place looks like so much fun. I will definitely tell my sis about it for my niece as they love travelling places (even if far) to see and experience new things 🙂

    Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture

  12. 10 August 2016
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    What a beautiful day out! Amazing photos!

  13. 12 August 2016
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    What a stunning place to visit, that play area looks awesome x

  14. Stephanie
    18 August 2016
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    wow, what a beautiful place to visit. I would love to take my little girl there one day.

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