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Crathes Castle

Closes in 6 min: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Crathes Castle, Garden, and Estate Entrance Ticket
From $17.29*
Crathes Castle, Garden, and Estate Entrance Ticket
From $17.29*
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This beautiful castle dates back to 1563 and is rumored to be haunted.
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| Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QJ, Scotland
+44 1330 844525
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All reviews national trust well worth a visit gift shop go ape stunning gardens walled garden answer any questions interesting place interesting history self guided ticket office sunny day own pace guided tour enjoyable visit formal gardens great visit
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had the most brilliant time here. The castle itself is quite large and some of the rooms have beautiful painted ceilings with different proverbs on the various beams in the same rooms. There were lovely bed covers and wonderful furniture, and the guides were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TheOldMacs
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely place and great tour - almost a private tour as so few of us on it. Lots of great history and information given by guide.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank KimScott_11
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As NTS members we like to make the most of our membership to enjoy good value days out as a family. We were really not disappointed at Crathes! The grounds are beautiful and the guided tour is really informative and child friendly. The cafe has...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank amccinv
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

National Trust property with large grounds, kids play area, cafe, picnic areas and lovely castle. There are loads of trails through the forested grounds.didn't see any wildlife but that's not surprising with the noise our kids were making. Cafe provided food and drinks at a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank 311davey
Reviewed 5 days ago

This castle was one of my favorite places to go with my 5 year old boy. We could go to castle on our own and take tour just the way we liked it. We had treasure hunt and price to collect at the end. We...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Wioleta S
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of many tower type castles in Scotland this is in a beautiful location. Lots of history and you get a brilliant guided tour with plenty of anecdotes and little secrets. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank RobScott1970
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

As a parent of 2 young autistic children I am extremely disappointed in the change the NTS has made to this much loved local attraction. I recently visited with both my children who both have sensory issues, to be told instead of being able to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank Aberdeen321
Reviewed 6 days ago

The grounds, castle and staff are all wonderful, however the NTS have now changed the policy (for all properties apparently) so everyone visiting the castle MUST now join a lengthy and in-depth guided tour. Most families are looking for a self guided 'whistle-stop' tour with...More

Date of experience: April 2019
4  Thank Deeside_quine
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a friendly interesting castle with some quirky rooms, worth a visit and the garden and walks are interesting. The Walled garden is delightful and well kept and the walks...well, the orange walk is definitely NOT for the faint of heart! They are clearly...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank rjdy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived towards the end of the afternoon, and booked for the last your at 4pm. We were the only parties, so it turned into a long and interesting discussing with the knowledgeable young guide. She gamely answered everything and got us (4 adults and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank hic-et-procul
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March 23, 2019|
Response from Susan P |
No. The gardens are £6.50 to enter and are locked when the castle is closed. Carparking is £3.00.
Susan P
September 4, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth-P-Scotland | Reviewed this property |
Folks. It can be problematic for less able-bodied people to visit ancient monuments and historic buildings. Obviously, given the nature and age of the building, adding modern conveniences like lifts, is not always possible... More
Ellen C
January 3, 2018|
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Response from Susan P |
Last time I was there it was £2.00, but it may have gone up this year.