Glasgow Sights

Culzean Castle and Country Park

  • A719 Map It
  • Maybole
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

The dramatic cliff-top castle of Culzean (pronounced ku-lain) is the National Trust for Scotland's most popular property. Robert Adam designed the neoclassical mansion, complete with a walled garden, in 1777. The grounds are enormous, combining parkland, forests, and a beach looking out over the Atlantic Ocean; the surprisingly lush shrubberies reflect the warm currents that explain the mild climate. There are caves in the cliffs; tours are occasionally available. In the castle itself you can visit the armory, luxuriously appointed salons and bedchambers, and a nursery with its lovely cradle in a boat. Adams's grand double spiral staircase is the high point of its design. There's a free audio tour, and guided tours are available daily at 11 and 2:30. A short walk through the woods brings you to the visitor center with shops and a restaurant.

Sight Information


A719, Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • Park £10, park and castle £15
  • Park daily 9:30–sunset; Castle Apr.–Oct., daily 10:30–5; last admission at 4

Published 07/22/2015


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