Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle. Find out more about our conservation work.
The visitor centre, shop and tearoom are open.
- Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
- Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
- We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
- In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)
The level tarmac car park is next to the visitor centre. It has a dropped kerb and no accessible spaces are marked.
Approach to site
There is a steep, tarmac path with anti-slip surface for 120m, followed by 30m of level gravel path to the castle.
Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.
Visitors' dogs are allowed at Dundonald Castle.
Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.
The visitor centre has step free access and interior.
The prison pit is closed as physical distancing is not possible.
Grassy banks surround the castle.
Inside, much of the castle can be seen from the ground floor, which is level with stone slabs, however, there is more to explore in the upper hall and prison area for those able and keen to do so.
The first floor is reached via a steep, L-shaped stone staircase of 15 steps with no handrail.
The second floor is reached via a modern, open-tread, metal spiral staircase of 38 steps with a handrail.
The castle interior can be a little dark on a dull day, although the inner stairs, lower hall and prison area have electric lights.
There are two accessible toilets located in the Visitor Centre at the bottom of castle hill.
More information on arriving for your visit and FAQs