Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Dunrobin Castle is the historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. The earliest part of the building dates from around 1275 and has a number of later extensions. Your tour begins at the main staircase, which leads to the state rooms on the first floor. These include the Dining Room, set with the family silver, and our Library which has over 10,000 books. You then make your way to the smaller rooms in the older parts of the castle. The Tearoom and Gift Shop can be found on the ground floor. Access to the Gardens is from the Entrance Hall. Our Victorian Museum and Falconry displays can be found in the garden. Falconry displays 11.30am and 2pm daily during the months of April, May, June, July, August and September.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Jodie B
    Loughborough, United Kingdom6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful house, great Falcon show, interesting g artefacts.
    What a beautiful setting, the rooms were lovely with plenty of detail, they had a wee treasure hunt for the kids, but really it was spot the 6toys In the rooms, which to be fair the girls enjoyed and it was easy for them. There is alot of jewelry on show which is cool. Maybe I missed it but I wanted more of a time line to see when and who owned the house and why. Seems a very English owned family. Although I did see reference to marrying in to Scottish blood. The museum is pretty impressive although morbid. I'd like to think I'd rather see these poor animals on show than they just go to waste or thrown out. But it's hard to fatholm the amount of animals that were killed for sport back in those days...... The giraffe and elephant stand out but all of the animals really. So make sure you can handle that before you go into the museum. However there are some very cool pictish artefacts and incredible jewelry and fossils also kept withi. The museum whihc is interesting. The falcon show was really good. The knowledge and the birds were incredible. The man who did the show was so nice and happy to answer questions, again our girls loved this and made the trip worth it for them. They enjoyed walking aoru d the gardens. But other than that there is no park or anything for children. And dogs are not allowed. All in all 3hours is about right and the falcon show is on twice one around 1130 & 230pm
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Alex R
    Broxburn, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out.
    This is a true fairytale castle. The castle is wonderful with lots to see and do. The tearoom is good and had a great selection for lunch although it was Berry busy on the day we went to visit. However we were not waiting long and the haggis and baked potato with pepper sauce was excellent. There is lots to see in the castle and you could spend a lot of time looking at all the things on display. The real gem here is the castle gardens. These are spectacular and you can totally lose yourself in them. The highlight for our family was the falconry display in the gardens. This was a great event and very popular, so if you want a seat for it get there at least 20 minutes before it starts on busy days. The museum is interesting and has come good things to explore. Well worth the price of a family ticket.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Joanne C
    Ellesmere, United Kingdom510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant, we loved it
    Oh my word what a stunning place. I was blown away by this place . It has a lovely atmosphere and the staff were so nice. The cafe had great cake and savoury options with plenty of seating even when it rained. We didn’t watch the birds of prey but there seemed to be plenty of people enjoying the demonstration ( we went and saw them later) . The castle itself is so pretty and the gardens were just beautiful. There is a small museum that mainly contains lots of taxidermy so would depend on your options there but we enjoyed it. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Juli D
    South Jordan, Utah13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle with amazing views
    I loved this castle - the information in each room was very informative and interesting. I even had lunch at the cafe, which was delicious and affordable. The gardens are also beautiful with amazing views of the sea. I would definitely budget some time to really explore and take it easy in this beautiful setting. This was a real highlight of my trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Cathy O
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great, unexpected experience
    We didn't know anything about the Castle until seeing the name on the map as we were touring around Scotland and time to stop at what we thought would be a quick tour. We were so wrong! We spent 2-3 hours here as it was a beautiful day and there was lots to see, as well as places to sit and just relax looking at the views. The Castle itself was interesting, walking around the rooms and taking it all in. The Gardens were lovely too but we were keen to get to the Falconry display/show which was well worth it!! My only suggestion would be for the presenter to wear a mini-mic as he had such a lot to say but it was sometimes hard to hear, especially with noisey people near us (despite the others who asked them to quieten down). Overall a really good experience, so glad we stopped here.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Suzanne1London
    580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect day out
    Amazing Castle, the room steward in the dinning room, Robert?, told us so much information about the castle and the family. He told us what to look out for in other rooms and where to spot the oldest parts of the castle. He should have been cloned for every room, so many visitors wombled about not knowing what they were looking at. We were greeted with the smell of fresh cut flowers all around the castle, there are sensational displays dotted about. The florist was a charming lady, who was busy creating a wondrous exhibit in one of the rooms. The views from the terrace and the gardens are equally impressive. We didn't manage to see the falconry on this visit. The cafe is adequate serving hot food and snacks, lack of tables at busy times, so table sharing seemed to be the norm. Lots of clean loos. Perfect day out.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Thomas M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Stop!!!
    Picturesque pitstop on our travels North. The Gardens are worth a visit themselves but the main attraction for us was the tour of the castle. It was well organised and had excellent information well presented in each room. We had previously tried to visit but they do not allow dogs in the Castle or Gardens. Really glad we came back!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • pboropixie
    Peterborough, United Kingdom474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The falconry display is the highlight
    The house is interesting as there are quite a few rooms open to the public. The gardens were colourful and worth exploring. It's definitely worth staying for the falconry display and meeting the birds afterwards. Be aware that the museum contains a vast amount of taxidermy which is really sad to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Europeaddict
    San Diego, California247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Couldn't ask for a better day's outing than at Dunrobin Castle
    I took a train from Inverness to DunRobin Castle for the day. Be sure to ask the ticket agent to be sure that the train stops at DunRobin's own station. It is a request only station. So it only stops when requested. Make sure the conductor knows that you are getting off. DunRobin is absolutely beautiful. It is fully furnished, and set up so that visitors get the full experience indoors and outdoors. It also has a cafe on premises. The outdoor area has beautiful grounds and a falconry show. To return to Inverness just go back to the train station at least 10 minutes prior to the train's scheduled arrival and stand by the track and when you see the train wave at it and it will stop. It is much easier than it sounds for us "city" people! I thoroughly enjoyed the day at Dunrobin Castle as well as the train ride.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Karen M
    462 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    lovely gardens
    The Falconry show was interesting but rather brief. If the handicap entrance is needed ask at the ticket desk for a key to the gate. There are many, many stairs from the castle down to the field for the show. There is a nice, small cafe in the castle.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
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Ian H
Manchester915 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Another dreich day and we headed for the castle as a respite from the rain. I agree with some of the other posters that the inside space is pretty average and there's not a huge amount to see for the cost of the entrance fee but the gardens were beautiful even at this time of year. Cafe wasn't cheap but the cakes were delicious and we sat next to the log fire :-)
Written October 12, 2020
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AndyBowers
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Excellent visit this. Entry is £12.50 (adult) but for that you get entry to the Castle, Museum, Gardens and see the Falconry display.
Few different rooms to see and photograph, some roped off due to Covid but decent enough.
Gardens aren't massive but in lovely condition as you'd expect and with the view over the Gardens to the see on a nice day is lovely.
Museum is small and mainly animal heads and skeletons, nice to see but again some of it is roped off due to covid restrictions.
The Falconry display really makes this visit. It is quite excellent. Various Birds of Prey, Falcons & Hawks, handled by the excellent Andy who really knows his stuff. Very chatty and informative display, the birds are beautiful and very well trained. Display is approx 45 mins long.
Written May 31, 2021
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sharon m
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Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited today and were disappointed that most of the rooms were unable to view. I understand that there are difficult times for us all, however there was no information on this on the web site. The gardens were poorly maintained, I would have thought these would have been top notch as it has been closed to the public for the last few months. Finally I think they have a cheek to charge full price £11.00 per adult. They should state what you Can see before people make the journey.
Written August 11, 2020
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ninettejohnson
Woodford, UK250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
What a castle to have a spectacular sea view, formal & wild garden. So much to learn from the staff who were very willing to share their knowledge regarding historical facts. The museum was not particularly to our tastes as it contains many animal specimens and hunting trophies but does have interesting Pict stones. There are also falconry displays in the gardens.
We were very lucky that the weather was sunny & warm and we were able to sit outside & enjoy the views.
I highly recommend the place for anyone who loves beautiful landscapes and buildings with an interest in history.
Written May 15, 2022
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Del
Scotland, UK183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I visited this castle last week and it was £11 per adult in which is reasonable but there was a good amount of rooms cordoned off for what I would imagine to be covid related issues. You can walk around the castle unaided but there is a strict one way system in place. The walk around the inside of the castle didnt take long at all maybe around 25 mins. The gardens are quite something to behold and on a nice sunny day would be great but the weather was horrible the day I visited unfortunately. I think when all the areas are available to view this will be a better place to visit.
Written October 13, 2020
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B Holiday
London, UK12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Beautiful castle but unfortunately terrible Covid precautions in place on the day we visited (late September after new stricter rules were in place) so I can not recommend a visit during this time, maybe just stick to the gardens if weather permits.

Other castles we visited had an online booking system so you could book a slot to keep numbers safe - here you just turn up and it was very busy when we did. On arrival you are asked to leave track and trace information and upstairs there is a one way system in place but they let far too many people in so distancing could not be followed. At least masks are mandatory, they just need to restrict numbers better like Eilean Donan by having bookable time slots.
Written September 20, 2020
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Chelfra
Wellington, New Zealand21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
A must do!! Fantastic castle - really well maintained, beautiful interiors and gardens. The falconry display was well worth it - very interesting and the falcons and hawk were so impressive. Unlike most cafes at tourists attractions, the tea shop at Dunrobin was excellent! Good value and great food. We would highly recommend! Tickets can only be bought at the castle, but there were minimal lines so this wasn’t an issue. A highlight of our trip to Scotland!
Written June 12, 2021
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WanderingAroundTheWorld
St Helens, UK5,677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We came here when on our NC500 road Trip the castle and gardens are amazing. There is a falconry show at 1030 and again at 1330 which is excellent and very informative you can get up close to all of the birds as well.
It cost £12 per adult for a ticket and there is a cafe that does food we only got cakes but it is quite pricey so may want to take your own food.
Written July 31, 2021
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Yummymummy9313
Airdrie, UK252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Amazing castle and gardens which take your breath away! Hours of interesting walk around the garden, castle, museum and falconry show.

Was even better than I thought it was going to be!

Falconry show was really interesting and brilliant to see the birds flying as well as a chance to get your picture taken with them.

Castle is fantastic and love all the rooms being kept in their original ways.

Cafe on site is great too with lots of different options and fair prices.

Seems to be nice walks around the outside of the castle from the car park as well.

Would definitely recommend the visit. Prices are on tho high level but is worth the visit if you consider it covers the inside of the castle, a falconry show, the gardens and also the museum.
Written June 25, 2021
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Biker Nigel
Morecambe, UK41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
The place is amazing, breathtaking views, a fantastic tour around the actual house which has so much history to it. Price was okay, but where it did lose points with me was there was no access to the stunning gardens and the falconry display unless you can walk up and down quite a lot of steps and pathways, unfortunately I am unable to do this so I was “confined” to visit just the house.
The rooms were excellent, but once again an awful lot of stairs, after about 15 minutes I asked an attendant if there was somewhere I could just sit for a couple of minutes to catch my breath and I was told there are no seats I can use. I struggled round the rest of the house but I was worried about my breathing and there was little or no social distancing although masks had to be worn.
I did ask another attendant if there was an option to get down to the gardens without using the steps and was quite bluntly told no.
I will recommend a visit to the place but think twice if you have a mobility issue, I didn’t see anyone in a wheelchair either.
Perhaps it’s partially my fault because I usually do my homework when visiting this type of venue but today was a spur of the moment.
Written July 27, 2021
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