Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This beautiful castle dates back to 1563 and is rumored to be haunted.
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  • GlasgowWinenut
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2,681 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle good gardens awesome
    We went here as national trust members and in Aberdeen. The castle was great as it was a self guided tour with information boards much better for us than the guided tours. After the castle we took our token along to the walled gardens. These were extensive and had lots of hidden areas. My favourite castle on our trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Patric D
    Sandbach, United Kingdom968 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens
    This visit was really in two parts. First, the gardens are beautiful and well-worth spending time to go round them properly. Second, the castle itself. Well, more of a fortified manor rather than a stereotype castle. It was interesting, but rather austere. So forme, the gardens were the key part.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • CarolineWR
    282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a special trip - could have stayed the entire day
    Breathtakingly beautiful 16c castle with turrets & towers a-plenty. So much to see, allow several hours to really soak it all up. Loads of (sometimes narrow & steep) spiral staircases winding up the tower leading to some gorgeous chambers and some of the best preserved painted ceilings I have ever seen. It's a delightful labyrinth to explore. No guided tours, so plenty of interesting information cards in rooms & the requisite accompanying ghost stories! Great courtyard café. The vast walled garden is magnificent, with stunning borders, delightful water features & wonderful topiary - our favourite garden out of 30 Aberdeenshire castles visited that month. Short walk from the car park, lots of benches in the garden, seats in all rooms & I managed all the staircases with a dodgy hip, but still a lot of walking.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Lesley H
    Derby, United Kingdom410 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Scottish Castle
    We spent the afternoon here. Typical Scottish castle with fabulous painted ceilings and glorious gardens. Good parking, and warm welcome and self guided tour. Steep spiral stairs, so be careful. The early painted ceilings were magical and I was delighted with Victorian 3D view painting in a bedroom. You move and the painting changes completely! The gardens are glorious, as are the glass houses. Herbaceous and tropical, terraced and formal. All lovely. Gift shop, cafe, and toilets there. I also loved the nesting swallows.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Louise M
    Castle Rock, Colorado3,847 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of our favorite Scottish castles
    Crathes Castle had an interesting self-guided tour. The tour went up a spiral staircase on one side with furnished rooms to view on multiple levels. then across the top floor to another spiral staircase with different rooms on multiple levels. We walked through the gardens afterward and found them stunning. This was one of our favorite castles.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Bexyates
    Brechin, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a soft spot for this castle
    Beautiful castle and grounds, lovely little gift shop and the cafe was fantastic! Always had a soft spot for this wee castle since a child and love visiting it. Staff were helpful and polite and we had a lovely afternoon!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Bobby Drake
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom358 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful walled garden
    The walled garden is the star of this site; wonderfully laid out and some beautiful topiary and flowers! The grounds also offer a really nice walk. The castle is good but there’s better in the area and it’s self guided. The cafe is large and good for families.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Graeme A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gran day out
    Had a walk around the area I went for a spot of lunch at the café. Friendly service great food all made fresh that day. Got served fairly quickly, even though it was Good Friday which meant that it was really busy. Top marks!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Janette59
    Haddington, United Kingdom769 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved
    We visited on a 2-for-1 Gardners World offer. There was lots of deliberation as to whether the castle itself was included in the offer, but eventually staff found the info that it is, saving one £16.50 entrance fee. The castle is more spacious than it looks from outside. Tours are self guided, and the remaining interior of the castle is well preserved. Spiral staircases up and down and a one-way system is in operation. Two wings were destroyed by fire in the mid 1960s. We had to settle for coffee and cake at the cafe, as the kitchen was closed. We skipped the gardens as the rain came on too heavy for it to be pleasant to walk round.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
  • tomalli68
    Falkirk, United Kingdom878 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    Self guided tour. Interesting building and god history. Some fab pieces to be seen. People dotted around to ask questions if you desire. Did get an unexpected event when we left one of the rooms, the door slammed behind us - they do say some odd goings on occur. Didn't visit the gardens as a sign outside the house and outside the gardens stating you required a token to enter, we weren't given one, there was no info on how to get one either. Rather than going back to ticket office and asking we just left as we were on a tight time schedule.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2024
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peternI6763DX
Aberdeen, United Kingdom75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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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Suzie B Gluten-Free!
Clayton, CA269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The castle itself is set up more as a representation of a country estate (so don’t expect a gothic style interior) and the entry was rather expensive for what it was. The grounds however are beautiful even in early spring when most of the flower beds were still dormant. Great place for kids to run around with an outdoor climbing area and playground. There are many walks around the grounds and the castle cafe is excellent and a great place to end an enjoyable day
Written April 21, 2023
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Suzanne M
Aberdeen, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
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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Hazie2014
Aberdeen, UK25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • 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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Global795489
Horley, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Even in early September the gardens are beautiful. One of the nicest of any NT property.and so far north, too. The topiary is superb.

The Castle is amazing and very interesting with knowledgable staff. But the twisty narrow stone stair to all the upper floors needs a certain amount of fitness. We are in out seventies and managed okay but anyone with mobily problems should be advised by the staff.
Written September 5, 2022
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workingdogs
Vancouver, Canada78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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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bdon257
Morpeth, UK5,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • 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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SuziGlasgow
Glasgow103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • 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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Janette59
Haddington, UK769 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited on a 2-for-1 Gardners World offer. There was lots of deliberation as to whether the castle itself was included in the offer, but eventually staff found the info that it is, saving one £16.50 entrance fee. The castle is more spacious than it looks from outside. Tours are self guided, and the remaining interior of the castle is well preserved. Spiral staircases up and down and a one-way system is in operation. Two wings were destroyed by fire in the mid 1960s. We had to settle for coffee and cake at the cafe, as the kitchen was closed. We skipped the gardens as the rain came on too heavy for it to be pleasant to walk round.
Written April 29, 2024
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Perry G
Blairgowrie, UK387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
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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