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, or the Information Office if the pay box is closed.
Our café will be open for a takeaway service only.
The Secret Forest is £3pp to enter. Please note there may be some disruption as building work continues.
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 for this summer (which may be rearranged if we are still closed). To book a yurt, please head over to our Yurt page. To book a pitch, please head over to our Campsite page.
How much does it cost to visit Kelburn?
Entry to the grounds is free – this includes the glen and gardens.
Car parking is £5 per car – this is payable at the Paybox on entry, or at the Information Office if the Paybox is closed. There are Season Parking Passes available at the Information Office.
The Secret Forest is charged at £3 per person – 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 able to offer 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.