Regardless of the time of year, Castle Kennedy Gardens are always worth a visit – on your own, with your family, your school or a group.

We welcome responsible dog owners and all friendly dogs on leads.

Explore what’s different since your last visit, have a romantic picnic by the loch, enjoy a leisurely tea in our Tea Room or let your children discover new wildlife.


Opening times

In 2018 Castle Kennedy Gardens, its Tearoom Plant Centre and Gift Shop are open:

February – March: Weekends, 10am – 5 pm

29th March – 31st October: Daily, 10am – 5pm


Admission Charges

Ticket type Price
Adult £5.50
Concessions (aged 65+, full time students) £4.50
Children up to age 18 £2.00
Under age 3 Free
Families (2 adults & 2 children) £12.00
Friends of Castle Kennedy Gardens Free
Disabled Free
Groups of more than 20 10% discount
RHS members free (Member 1 only) every Thursday




Find Us

Castle Kennedy Gardens are situated approximately five miles east of Stranraer on the A75. The entrance is clearly signed at the village of Castle Kennedy.



From the East: brown tourist sign posts along the A75 start roughly 12 miles from the Gardens.

From the North: from the A77, when you are approximately 2 miles from Stranraer, turn left onto the A751 sign posted to Dumfries. At the junction with the A75, turn left towards Dumfries. You will come to the village of Castle Kennedy after 1 mile. Turn left into the Gardens as sign posted.

Well-shaded car and bus parking is available adjacent to the entrance to the Gardens.

The nearest railway station is at Stranraer and it is an easy taxi ride for the short distance to the Gardens.

For Sat Navs please use postcode DG9 8SL.