Brodie Castle
Brodie Castle
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Acres of gentle Moray countryside surround the rose-coloured Brodie Castle, ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years, although their family seat has been here since the 12th century. See how changing times altered the castle’s shape and purpose. The impenetrable 16th-century guard chamber is flanked on one side by a cosy 17th-century wing and on the other by a sprawling Victorian extension. The castle houses a magnificent collection of furniture, ceramics and artwork, including works by 17th-century Dutch masters and 20th-century Scottish Colourists. It also boasts an impressive library containing over 6,000 volumes. The Playful Garden at Brodie Castle is full of excitement for all the family. Located near to the castle, it explores the Brodie family history in a novel and fun-filled way.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • DadandCab
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque from outside, interesting inside
    We stayed near this castle and visited twice, once to look about the gardens, and the second to visit the castle itself. The castle has the feel of having just been vacated with depressions in the library seat cushions as if someone has just got up and left the room. The guided small group took about an hour to traverse the house. We weren’t allowed in on our own. This was plenty of time to look about and ask questions. No photos were allowed. Of particular note were the Playful Gardens with tunnels, mirrors, musical instruments, sound experiments and a huge rabbit to play on, a great time for young and old. Recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Damien O
    Blairgowrie, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    What a charming property. Beautiful grounds and a lovely garden for children called The Playful Garden, which was also entertaining for us. There’s a wildflower meadow which was a delight and so nice to see the bees etc buzzing around. There are two cafes and two gift shops. You have to book a tour to go into the castle and this was very interesting, our guide Rachel was so knowledgable and engaging, would highly recommend booking the tour. All in all we had a fab visit and would visit again.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Ian T
    Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom133 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brodie visit
    Been staying in this area seeing numerous castles. Brodie is well worth the visit. Booked guided tour in advance and had a well informed guide take us around. History in every room and family stories to boot. National Trust property so pay for car park etc unless you are a member. Recommend a visit. Be prepared for stairs of all shapes and sizes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Anthony
    193 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    Historic NTS property which disappointed. Only guided tours possible (which can be fully booked on busy days) and inside there are only two rooms with visiting, one with a spectacular 17c ceiling thT is kept dark for conservation reasons and the charming library where the condition of the disintegrating leather bindings is distressing. It is not cheap and we were charged for visiting the ‘playful garden’ which is really not worth seeing unless you are with kids. The cafe is just a coffee and tea shop with a few bought in cakes and the shop is also disappointing. Cawdor Castle nearby is much more interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 16, 2023
  • dsm68
    Glasgow, United Kingdom134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good day out.
    It helps if it ain’t raining but even so it’s a great day out. The parking is easy, the play area and garden walks are well kept and lovely. Best to take a packed lunch as the food is basic but looks ok and since it’s a captive audience it’s overpriced. The castle tour is informative and well worth an hr of your life. Plenty to hear and see. The guide was excellent and the place is great and well kept.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Simon B
    Leicester, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rachel - legend
    Visited with my wife and daughter. Your ticket also gives access to the playful garden, which is well worth a look, especially if you have small children. entrance to the castle is by guided tour only. Our guide was Rachel, who had a fascinating knowledge of the castle and Brodie family (the former owners). The castle tour takes approximately 1 and a quarter hours. You are then at liberty to enjoy the gardens, the tea rooms and gift shop, a great way to spend 3-4 hours
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • J. S
    Grimsby, United Kingdom101 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a look, good for children.
    Worth a visit but we got there late in the day and just missed the last tour of the castle. Grounds were free to walk but pay to park up. The playful garden was £5 entry and got round it in 15 minutes. Wild flowers looked lovely on the outskirts and impressed with the variety of vegetables growing.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • CarolineWR
    279 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    Beautiful typical Aberdeenshire castle with 12c fortified tower absorbed into Jacobean extensions. Some lovely furnished rooms (a particularly stunning library), excellent art & lots of interesting history. No photos inside (shame, National Trust) & guided tours only. Our guide, Jamie, was charming & very knowledgeable, particularly about the art, but you don't get that "exploring" feeling of a "free flow" property. Well done, National Trust for Scotland, for having seats in all rooms for those of us liking a rest occasionally (I do with National Trust England would do this!) No garden as such, just a play area. Waited 20 minutes for 2 coffees in the tea room - not enough staff as usual, National Trust!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Beth097
    Isle of Skye, United Kingdom47 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring back unguided tours!.
    Myself and my husband visited Brodie Castle we have visited several times! We are disappointed that the unguided tours aren't available like other National Trust Houses/Castles. Our tour went well over allocated time and to be honest became unfortunately tedious. We would think again about making another visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • geismom
    Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania1,877 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Interesting Family History
    We arrived to learn that we needed to schedule a personal tour in order to see the interior of the castle. No photos inside permitted. Rachel was our tour guide, and despite having a rather large group, she managed to embrace everyone's attention with her enthusiasm and detailed explanations pertaining to various items in the house, as well as the family history. We were able to tour most of the interior. It does involve a lot of steps, so be sure to keep that in mind should you be interested in going through the castle. We found the history to be fascinating and were quite enthralled throughout the entirety of the tour. There are some lovely grounds to walk, which apparently have 400 varieties of daffodils that bloom in the spring. A Pictish Stone stands on the grounds near the entrance drive. The castle has two cafes. The one on the ground floor of the castle has pastries to enjoy with a cuppa, if you desire. There are picnic tables outside to enjoy whatever you choose.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
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MauveMM
Inverness, UK5 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Family
We have come to Brodie Castle many times over the years but had not visited since the pandemic. We went at the weekend and our two children were keen to revisit the Playful Garden. We are members of the National Trust so didn’t need to pay the £20 entrance fee for a family of 4, which was just as well as it was so disappointing. The replica castle that you could go inside now has the doors screwed shut. The kids don’t know why it’s there now and another family seemed to mistake it for a climbing frame as there was a child climbing on the roof. Surely it’s better to just let them play inside?! There was a little stream with a boat that the kids could climb in and they loved hopping over the stones in the water to the little island in the middle but the boat is gone and the water has been drained so it’s just a big lump of concrete with stones in it now.
For some inexplicable reason a sand bunker has been installed at the foot of the big Brody rabbit. The hill still has faux grass for the kids to slide down but now they land in sand which covers their clothes and shoes. The kids spent 20 minutes there at the most and then wanted to leave. So I was very glad I hadn’t spent £20!
We went along to the play park. I know there was storm damage but the whole area is now totally devoid of trees making it really exposed. Overall a really disappointing visit back to such a favourite place. Don’t think we’ll be hurrying back. The Playful Garden has the scope to be fantastic with a little care and imagination but it sadly falls short. It is absolutely not currently worth the entrance fee, your kids will have more fun at the park and it’s free.
Written April 6, 2022
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Hi, thanks for the review. I am sorry that the playful garden was not up to your expectations. The sand pit was installed over the winter as with children using the astroturf as a slide, the bottom of the turf had turned into a mud bath and we thought it would be better for clothes to be covered in sand rather than mud, we have had a great number of positive comments regarding this and the extension of the astroturf. The Rhyl garden ( area with water and boat) is currently being repaired as the concrete had blown and stones had become loose so that is why it was empty of water. It will be repaired shortly and reopened. The playful garden is a garden with playful elements in it, not solely a childrens play area and over the last 2 years we have added a number of garden elements such as a kitchen garden, new rose arches and a number of beds as well as an apple orchard with meadow. With regard the trees, the area you are talking about around the adventure playground was a commercial forestry block planted in the mid 1970s. It had a number of dangerous trees in it and a decision was made to fell the block. There is a replanting plan as with any forestry management and the area will be established as a native broadleaf woodland which increased biodiversity and is more in keeping with the 1700s designed landscape. I can understand some of your points and hope the above explains the reason for some of them, as with every other visitor attraction and business, we are coming out of a worldwide pandemic and for the last 2.5 years the same level of work and investment as usual have not been possible. I hope that when you next visit you will see the hard work the team have been trying to put in to bring the wider estate into a better condition.
Written May 8, 2022
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occasionalbaglady
Hong Kong13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Sorry to say that our trip to Brodie Castle was not at all what we anticipated. It has been taken over by the National Trust and the first thing one notices is all the awful signage. Parking costs £3 and then having walked to the castle, have to turn around and trek to a newly built ‘visitor centre’ to buy tickets. But not today because the last entry to the castle was at 2:30pm. Having arrived at 2:35pm, I was a bit miffed so asked for my parking to be refunded.
What a joke. This is the middle of August and Brodie Castle is supposed to be a major visitor attraction in this region. Apparently the reduced opening hours is because of staffing problems. Why can’t the National Trust attract/retain staff so the venue can be opened to visitors? Also, there is an important carved stone on the drive that ought to be protected from the elements. There is a copy in the Inverness Museum but they should swap them over - the National Trust shouldn’t be in charge of the real one as it is being damaged…
Written August 20, 2021
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Jane L
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We were admitted to the castle by the “traffic warden” who told us exactly where to stand then shouted at us to “move up” to let others in. This self-important person then gave us an intro to the castle while interrupting himself several times to direct “traffic” coming downstairs.
When viewing the upstairs rooms we could still hear the him repeating his message, including the interruptions, almost like a loop, albeit a rather loud loop!
On our descent we were given the same instructions as the couple walking 3m ahead of us (yes, the same instructions we heard during the intro), while new visitors waited. We left feeling totally irritated.
Written September 1, 2021
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Sosageclub
Bath, UK21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The trust has done a makeover utterly destroying much of the charm.

Today I saw more stumps in the car park area after the 50 craftily destroyed there leaving no traces recently, Another wilderness of raw stumps has been made by the cafe entrance.
The superb ' Brief Encounter ' style 1930s tearoom with oak tables and, homemade scones, cakes and lunches has been replaced by a display of packaged sandwiches at £4.50
The perfectly good ticket table at the foyer of the castle has been relocated 500 yards to force you to enter the new commercial visitor centre and kids plastic wonderland. Having trudged there we were told the castle had been let out to a party and was closed.
The fell hand of business has presumed they know what sells. They are wrong
Written April 18, 2022
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Hi, thanks for your review. I’m sorry your visit was not to your satisfaction. We are both recovering from the pandemic and struggling with recruitment issues which is preventing us from offering the usual offer within our cafe areas. We are currently working on a new menu and should be launching this in the next week or so which I hope will bring us back up to the standards you are used to. The tree situation is complex and is certainly not a massacre. The majority of the none native forestry trees planted around the car park, the castle and the pond were commercial forestry trees and were planted in the 1970s. These trees usually have a life span of around 30-40 years after which they have a habit of falling over, something that’s pretty dangerous in the winds we had over the winter especially in areas of high foot fall such as a car park or a visitor attraction. As such we have undertaken a 10 year forestry plan where we have felled the most urgent areas with a replanting plan to replace with native broadleaf trees. This will increase biodiversity and be much more in keeping with the designed landscape within which the castle sits. I understand this looks stark right now, but over the coming years this will soften and improve the area going forwards. With regards the welcome centre, we have worked hard to reinstate the entrance to the castle as the “perfectly good ticket desk” in the foyer was in fact a huge choke point for when we had coach trips and large number of people coming into the castle. The welcome centre, well sign posted from the car park as the ticket office, is equipped to deal with larger numbers of people and now tours experience the castle as they would do as a visitor rather than having a mixed experience on the ground floor. I see from your review that the castle was closed when you visited which will have either been because of a lack of staff and volunteers to open it or because it was booked out for a wedding which is fairly rare and would have been advertised on social media and on our website.
Written May 8, 2022
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YBuzz
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
This was an amazing day out even with jaded teenagers. We have family membership so free to enter, the Playful park was great fun for all ages and the adventure playground catered for all ages up to 14. Good cafe with plenty of outdoor seating as well as numerous picnic tables and benches around the extensive well maintained grounds. We enjoyed a walk around the pond where there were swans with cygnets and various ducks.

Only suggestion for improvement is car park would benefit from car charging points.
Written May 31, 2021
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Hi, Thanks for taking the time to review us. I just thought I would let you knoiw that we have taken your feedback on board and now have electric vehicle charging point! Hope you'll be back soon!
Written July 5, 2021
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sofia
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
The first time we visited we paid £3 parking just to walk to the ticket office and be told the castle is shut due to staff illness (there were no signs warning us of this before the parking machine) The second time we arrived there was a sign saying the castle is shut due to staff shortage. Both are understandable reasons but the website said the castle was open both times and there’s no way of booking online so you won’t know whether it’s actually open until you get there. The play area was open but it’s not much use if you don’t have kids
Written August 14, 2021
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George K
Aberdeen, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We had hoped to visit Brodie castle for some time, so were pleased to get an opportunity while in that area. Tours of the castle had to be booked a day in advance, or on the day. Perhaps it was the content of the tour or the fairly large group, but it wasn't very engaging. Not helped by noisy children (parents didn't seem to care) or the occasional mobile phone, the tour dragged on for what felt like much more than the scheduled hour.

Pity, it could have been much more interesting, but I suppose it comes down to the luck of the draw.
At least we enjoyed a nice lunch and the 'Playful garden' is a real treat.
Written August 5, 2022
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George K
Aberdeen, UK98 contributions
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Oct 2020
Like so many historic sites, Brodie castle is closed this year due to Covid-19. However, the grounds and the 'Playful garden' are open.

Intrigued by the name, we enquired what the 'Playful garden' was and as we suspected, was aimed at families with young children. The very helpful gentleman at reception suggested that since we were NTS members, we should have a look.

What a treat for children (of all ages). Beautiful garden, plenty of picnic benches and things to climb over and through. A "lake" with an island reached via a stepping stone, a Wendy house, tunnels and excellent wire sculptures are all there, but the best part was the music?

The garden has musical areas equipped with Vibraphones, Xyloplones and steel drums, all in shiny stainless steel and polished wood. Keys are colour coded and there are music sheets with coloured notes.

In one corner is an arrangement of large metal "flowers". These turned out to be Zoetropes where the flower head rotated and by looking through slots in the 'petals' , you could see moving pictures.

The indoor soft play area was closed, but looking through the windows, it looks fantastic. I wish somewhere like this had been around when my children were small, but I bet that my daughters would still love it now.

Note that hand sanitisers was available at all the exhibits.

Outside, the grounds were lovely with the leaves changing to their autumn colours.
We had a stroll through the grounds and round the lake before lunch and home.

I'm really looking forward to visiting again when the castle is open. I'm sure I'm in for a treat.
Written October 3, 2020
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Honest-Walter
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Best seafood chowder / Cullen skink around. It was amazing. We were here on a family day out and not only was playful garden really good and well worth a visit but the seafood chowder soup we had was amazing. The lady who made it is an excellent chef and it was absolutely top restaurant quality. Usually I am always a bit taken aback by the extortionate prices at NTS as you pay £18 for a couple coffees and tray bakes, and at £8 a bowl I was also concerned this lunch would be no different. How wrong and delighted I was. If ever in the area again I would visit for the food alone…. Top notch.
Written August 2, 2021
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Deal-breaker
Exeter, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
What a fantastic treat! Choice of very tasty sandwich (crustless!) plus a good-sized slice of quiche and a delicious, warm sausage roll. This was followed by a plate of five cakes each (2 fresh cream, a chocolate brownie, a buttercream-topped cupcake and an Empire Biscuit (a Scottish speciality). Tea or coffee to drink (with a top-up) and all for the extremely reasonable price of £15.65! We were also given a box to take home anything we couldn’t eat.
Written August 26, 2022
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