Castle Kennedy Gardens are open from 23rd March 2024 until 3rd November 2024.

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

The Gardens, Tea Room, Gift Shop, Plant Centre, and Toilets:

Opening times: Daily from 23rd March until 3rd November, 10 am to 5 pm. Please follow us on social media for updates. 
All Castle Kennedy Garden admission tickets, special events, and workshop tickets can be booked and purchased online in advance. Alternatively, they can be purchased from the Gift Shop on arrival.  We are a cashless business, so please come prepared to pay with your card or phone.  

Friends of the Gardens membership can also book a free ticket online or on the day. These tickets gain admission during our open periods. 

All tickets can be purchased via this page.


Admission Charges

Ticket type Price
Adult £7.00
Concessions (aged 60+, full-time students) £6.50
Children (3-16) £2.50
Under age 3 Free
Families (2 adults & 2 children) £16.50
Repeat Friends of Castle Kennedy Gardens Free
Disabled Free
Groups of more than 10 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. Local Taxi companies include: McLean’s Taxis 01776 703343; A2B Taxis 01776 700070; and Stranraer Taxis 01776 700700.

For Sat Navs please use postcode DG9 8SJ.