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Dean Castle

Dean Castle


With strong connections to Burns's patron and friend, the 14th Earl of Glencairn, Dean Castle hosts occasional displays of Burns material from East Ayrshire's collection. Dean Castle was the home and stronghold of the Boyd family for over 400 years.

The castle is closed until 2021 to allow major repair and refurbishment works to be carried out. The Castle's collections of early musical instruments, arms and armour and tapestries are on display at the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock and entry to the exhibition is free.

Part of the Recognised Collection of National Significance, the collection of historic musical instruments features lutes, guitars, harpsichords, recorders, pianos and harps and boasts one of the earliest violins in existence - an English Renaissance violin made by the Bassano family which dates from between 1550 and 1580.The significance and quality of some of the musical instruments has been compared to those found in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

4 star attraction


Opening Hours:
The grounds of the country park are open all year round.

Visitor Centre open daily from 10am – 4pm
Dean Road
East Ayrshire
01563 554734