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Dean Castle

Dean Castle - Short History

Located in a 200 acre country park, the keep of Dean Castle dates back to around 1350. It has a palace and barbican added in 1460.

A Victorian mansion is now the castle shop, where guided tours commence. The castle was burned in 1735 and lay in ruins until the restoration of 1908-46. The gatehouse was added in 1936.

The Dean Palace has a vaulted kitchen on the ground floor, with old utensils, and oven in the ingle.

The dining room above has a plaster ceiling, brought from Balcomie Castle. Heraldic banners commemorate former owners. A stair leads to a chamber, with panelled walls and a plaster ceiling.

The Boyd family owned Dean Castle until 1748. In 1786 the Scotts (later Scott-Ellis) bought it, with the 9th Lord Howard de Walden giving the castle to Kilmarnock in 1975.

Dean Castle Map&Location

Dean Castle Address: Dean Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA3 1XB, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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Dean Castle Photos

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The Dean Castle by Hugh Gray
Dean Castle and courtyard by Humphrey Bolton
Dean Castle grounds by SnapshotsofthePast
Dean Castle detail by Thomas Mathie
Dean Castle garden by Thomas Mathie