Culzean Castle has been named among the best historic attractions to visit in the UK in a new survey.

The research by the consumer website Which? named the South Ayrshire attraction in the nationwide top three.

A survey of almost 3,000 Which? members looked at nine criteria including overall value for money, helpfulness of staff and lack of crowds.

Culzean Castle and Country Park, managed by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), got a score of 87 per cent.

The park scooped a full five stars for facilities, as well as a further five for how well the description matched the reality of the experience on offer.

One respondent enthused that the castle ‘is not to be missed’, while others commended the ‘amazing views and walks’.

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Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire and the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh tied for first place in the survey.

Ian McLelland, south and west regional director with the NTS, said: “Culzean Castle is one the greatest sites that the Trust cares for as it is the perfect place for a day out, so we’re delighted to come third in Which?’s survey of the UK’s favourite historic sites.

"Whether you’re a keen walker, interested in architecture and the rich history of the castle or looking for family fun with our pirate themed play park there is something for everyone to enjoy which is what makes it so popular.  "

"Including the grand cliff-top castle, the county park holds over 40 buildings with a wealth of stories to be told and adventures to have.

"All this wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated workforce and volunteers who maintain the property and grounds, enhancing the visitor experience as demonstrated through this accolade.”

Culzean Castle was designed by architect Robert Adam in the 18th century and boasts 40 buildings and secret follies across its extensive country park, as well as a swan pond, formal gardens, play areas and an icehouse.