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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question which isn’t answered below, please email us at admin@kelburnestate.com

We are open.

Entry to the Estate is free, this includes the garden and glen, plus the Adventure and Saloon play areas. You do not need to book.

Parking is charged at £5 per car – please pay for parking at the pay box on entry please see here for different vehicle pricing.

Our café will be open for a takeaway service only.

The Secret Forest is open daily, please check the main page for events and daily opening times.

When visiting, please make use of our hand washing and sanitising stations. Please be considerate of others when visiting, and remain socially distant from those who are not in your group. PLEASE DO NOT VISIT IF YOU ARE SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. You can find out more about the virus on the official Government website.

We are accepting yurt and camping bookings. To book a yurt, please head over to our Yurt page. To book a pitch, please head over to our Campsite page.

Our Equestrian Centre is now a private livery yard and no longer offers lessons, hacks, or Pony Club. To contact them please message them on Facebook, or email them at stables.kelburnestate@gmail.com

How much does it cost to visit Kelburn?

Entry to the grounds is free – this includes the glen and gardens.

Parking is charged at £5 per car – please pay for parking at the pay box on entry please see here for different vehicle pricing. There are 2021 Parking Passes available at the Information Centre.

The Secret Forest is charged at £3 per person on non-event days – this charge helps us maintain the curious woodland maze. Find out more about the Secret Forest.  The Saloon and Adventure play areas are free.

Events are individually priced. Please see our event pages for more info.

Are dogs allowed on site?

Dogs are very welcome to visit Kelburn. We just ask that they are kept on a lead at all times for the health and safety of other visitors, horses, our free roaming chickens, pheasants, and cats.

Is the site suitable for prams?

Kelburn is built around a woodland glen, therefore some paths are not suitable for prams. You are welcome to leave your pram with staff when you arrive.

Is the site suitable for wheelchairs or scooters?

Kelburn is built around a woodland glen, therefore some of the paths are steep and narrow and are not suitable for wheelchairs or scooters.

Are you still running pony rides?

Unfortunately due to the effects of COVID-19, the Equestrian Centre is no longer doing pony rides, hacks, or lessons. The Equestrian Centre is now a private Livery Yard, please visit the Equestrian Centre page for more info.

Can we go in the castle?

The castle is still a private home for the Earl of Glasgow and his family. The castle usually opens for tours in the summer months, and for certain occasions. The castle can be hired as a filming location and for weddings, private dining, and corporate days. Find out more about the castle. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the castle will not be opening this year for tours. 

Why did you graffiti a historic castle?!

Our castle certainly creates conversation. Some people love it, others really dislike it. Either way, we’ve certainly become well known for it!

The bold artistic statement challenges the public’s understanding of both urban graffiti art and the British institution that the building represents.

In 2011, the mural was named as one of the world’s top 10 examples of street art by author and designer Tristan Manco – on a par with Banksy’s work in Los Angeles and the Favela Morro Da Providencia in Rio de Janeiro.

The graffiti is painted onto the rendering of the castle, and has caused no harm to the historic building. Some parts of the mural have already gone, as the project to restore the castle continues. Find out more about the Graffiti Castle project.

Can we camp at Kelburn?

You’re very welcome to camp at Kelburn – please check out our Campsite page or our Yurts page for more information and to book.

Can we get married at Kelburn?

Yes! Please visit our Weddings page for more information.

Can we hire Kelburn as a filming location?

If you have enquiries about hiring Kelburn as a filming location, please email us at marketing@kelburnestate.com

Can I have a barbecue on site?

Unfortunately due to health and safety reasons we do not allow barbecues unless you are camping in our Campsite.

Can I fly my drone on the estate?

Unfortunately due to privacy reasons as most of our staff live on site and the chance of spooking a horse while someone is out riding we do not allow drones.

Can we hire Kelburn as an event venue?

If you have enquiries about hiring Kelburn as venue, please email the event team at admin@kelburncountrycentre.com