Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle, Banchory: Hours, Address, Crathes Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Crathes Castle
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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This beautiful castle dates back to 1563 and is rumored to be haunted.
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Suzanne M
Aberdeen, UK69 contributions
We have visited here many times over the years but decided to do the full tour again as we haven't been inside for a while. The tour is now self guided but with loads of information in each room, and the guides are still there should you have any questions.

We were able to walk around slowly and take in all the information and look at all the items at our own pace. There are some definite highlights around the castle to look out for and things remembered from previous visits.

The gardens are worth walking around, as they are maintained immaculately and the variety of plants and wildlife around them is fascinating.

Just be careful regarding access as the inside of the castle is old stone winding steps and would not be suitable for very small children or those with any access issues, due to being very narrow and unstable, plus the possibility of passing others on the stairs!

Of course if you don't want to pay to visit inside the castle the grounds are still worth visiting for a walk, there are several signposted walks around the grounds and we chose to walk in from the front gate through the woodlands, we encountered several squirrels and birds on the way.

The small cafe/restaurant serves snacks and small meals and the gift shop has a good variety of items for browsing
Written July 12, 2022
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK4,958 contributions
Couples
We travelled specifically to visit this and other castles in the area. Crathes is a classic Scottish tower castle with a continuous history and the building and its contents tell this story. Additionally the gardens are superb too, this is a great place to visit and enjoy.
Written July 22, 2022
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workingdogs
Vancouver, Canada84 contributions
This castle is well worth a detour to visit its fully furnished and decorated rooms. It brings the place alive since one is not looking at bare stone walls and empty rooms. Detailed descriptions on tablets are located in each room. The many painted ceilings are a very unusual feature. The kitchen is fully equipped with pots and pans etc.

The self-guided tour followed a one way system due to Covid protocol. This simplified the flow of visitors.

We did not tour the gardens as it started to rain.

I highly recommend a visit.
Written June 28, 2022
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Adrienne Toumayan
Washington DC, DC412 contributions
I visited Drum Castle and Crathes Castle on the same day as they're not too far from each other and there's a bus route that goes to both (or an easy drive connecting them). In terms of outdoor walks and gardens, I think Crathes has Drum beat but they're both worth visiting. I enjoyed my self-guided tour through Crathes and found the informational signs very helpful. Don't forget to look up ;) the painted ceilings are stunning (if a little tricky to photograph!) I also thought it was a nice touch that they were playing relevant music in a few of the rooms. Beyond the castle, the grounds are well worth a visit. There's so many different trails through the woods on the estate and the walled garden makes for a lovely visit too. Definitely recommend making time for this one! And leave time for a walk.
Written September 4, 2021
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Abeonas
Kent, UK4,310 contributions
Friends
Oodles of history at this delightful attraction . A one way system takes you up a spiral stairway to visit the various rooms in the household. The gardens outside are well kept and a delight to walk around. Bird watchers can walk through the woods at leisure. There is an ample car park , cafe and gift shop.
Written July 17, 2022
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SuziGlasgow
Glasgow84 contributions
Family
We only visited because we are NTS members and therefore free admission. EXTREMELY expensive if you're not. Kids adventure playground geared towards very young kids and a lot smaller than expected. Cafe was run down with only outdoor eating available, overpriced too with a massive que.
Gardens were lovely, Estate large.
Nothing special.
Written August 5, 2021
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Perry G
Blairgowrie, UK297 contributions
you have to pay for parking however if you continue up to the visitor centre there are free parking spaces for disabled people. The castle is lovely and well worth a visit. There is a large garden which was full of plants and flowers and was a delight to walk through. There are ample walks and the notice board is very informative as it gives you an idea of the type of walk it is and how long it takes to walk round it. Would highly recommend a visit.
Written August 21, 2021
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Hazie2014
Aberdeen, UK23 contributions
Family
Really disappointed. Went here today to find that everything is closed on a Tuesday & Wednesday. As fully paid up members I was disgusted to see that the play park is fenced off and you have to pay admission for that. ( of course it’s closed on a Tuesday & Wednesday) I’m all for money being raised for NT, but to pay to push your grandchild on a swing or let them use the slide is ridiculous.
Written May 11, 2021
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peternI6763DX
Aberdeen, United Kingdom72 contributions
Great to walk round the grounds, but selfish owners of two very large and smelly dogs, one not on leash, in the tea room spoilt the visit. This is unfortunate, as there are tables and dog bowls outside which more considerate owners were using.
In a tea room where food is served and there are lots of young children, it is unreasonable from a hygene point of view, to admit large dogs, particularly when they are not on leads.
Written February 8, 2020
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Jason D
Muncie, IN29 contributions
We stopped at Crathes castle the 2nd day of our Scotland trip. Despite being near to Drum Castle, it was a completely different experience. Crathes has some of the most beautiful wood and painted ceilings I've ever seen. In addition they have some amazing items such as a Bible from 1583. Plus the grounds are incredibly beautiful. They also have a kids area and cafe. They also have walking trails for your pets. Highly recommend.
Written March 17, 2020
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