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Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
+44 1796 481207
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Blair Castle House and Gardens Admission
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Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story here leads you from Mary Queen of Scot's visit to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to Queen Victoria's famous stay which led to the creation of Europe's only surviving private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Over 700 years of Scottish history are on display across 30 rooms. Highlights of the castle tour include the Baronial Entrance Hall, featuring weapons used at the Battle of Culloden; the classic Georgian styling of the Picture Staircase; the grandeur of the State Dining Room and Drawing Room; and the magnificent Ballroom, bedecked in hundreds of antlers. The Castle sits at the hub of a breathtaking historic landscape and the gardens and grounds feature a 9 acre walled garden, a peaceful wooded grove, a ruined kirk, a red deer park and a whimsical Gothic folly.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“walled garden” (52 reviews)
“private army” (22 reviews)
“entrance hall” (23 reviews)
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Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
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+44 1796 481207
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"walled garden"
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"private army"
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"entrance hall"
in 23 reviews
"piper playing"
in 17 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 41 reviews
"deer park"
in 36 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 73 reviews
"highland games"
in 13 reviews
"no photography"
in 14 reviews
"take pictures"
in 20 reviews
"family history"
in 16 reviews
"on display"
in 31 reviews
"interesting history"
in 21 reviews
"lovely grounds"
in 19 reviews
"own pace"
in 14 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 16 reviews
"gift shop"
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the castle with our two dogs. We had a lovey walk around the grounds which are well worth visiting. Sadly our visit was spoilt somewhat by the fact that we were unable to get any refreshments. The dogs were not allowed in or...More

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Reviewed yesterday

There is a real sense of history as you go room to room in this beautiful castle the self guide cards in each room made exploring easy and at our pace. Plenty of staff available to answer questions and lots of antique furniture and artefacts...More

Thank vuepoint
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Reviewed yesterday

Love this place, the castle the caravan site, gardens to tell you any more would spoil you visit. Simply put - GO THERE - you will not be disappointed

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful visit to Blair Castle. Fantastic tour. Very well laid out and informative. Beautiful rooms with the most amazing furniture and pictures. Can’t quite believe the actual rooms and furniture are as when Queen Victoria stayed there. Absolutely fascinating historical gems. If the...More

Thank Catriona D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is beautiful and staff were very informative. It’s a self guided tour with cards in each room to read up about the items on display. I had never heard of this place before but saw it signposted from the main road whilst travelling...More

Thank Nicki S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Blair Atholl. We were lucky enough to see a highland piper practicing out the front of the castle as well, for an event later that day. We didn't make it to the deer park but loved the gardens and streams. The...More

Thank Tam13
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice stop in a castle with a long history. Very well organized so even it was quite crowded it was smooth to get through the whole castle. The gardens is not very interesting in May though. Will probably be very nice later in the summer.

Thank Josephine W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited today and can highly recommend. Spectacular display in the entrance hall. The entire castle is a fascinating visit. The shop offers some great gifts. The cafe has some yummy food. The gardens and trees are beautiful and make for a lovely walk. Staff are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit to a well deserved 5 star visitor attraction. Queen Victoria exhibition excellent My overseas visitors were very impressed

Thank Ronnie O
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BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your lovely review and delighted that your customers had a great time, come to see us again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of history and the staff were really friendly and helpful. Lots of Scottish history. Fantastic gardens and forest to explore. Food and drink was reasonable too.

Thank MrB8000
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BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your lovely review delighted you enjoyed your day out.

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ashwolf26
September 18, 2017|
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Response from PeterLanky | Reviewed this property |
Tours are available for groups of 12 or more and take around 50 minutes. Individual visitors should allow around 1-2 hours to see the castle and another hour for the garden. Also plenty of walking in nice weather.
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Paul B
July 25, 2017|
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Response from BlairCastle | Property representative |
Morning, thanks everyone for you wonderful help! Yes you can purchase garden only tickets, castle tickets include access to the gardens as well. Hope you have a great trip to see us!
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Chris W
July 15, 2017|
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Response from BlairCastle | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed on a lead in the gardens and grounds but only guide dogs are allowed in the castle. Hope you enjoy your visit!
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