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Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
+44 1796 481207
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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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Blair Atholl Street, Blair Atholl PH18 5TL, Scotland
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Reviewed October 29, 2017

We went as a family with our two grandchildren (5 & 8). From the outside it looks like a fairy princess castle. It looks beautiful. Once inside we were given an "eye spy" package for the 5 year old and a Question & Answer sheet...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

As a couple with a dog and a motorhome, we did not go inside the castle and only paid for the gardens. The guide at the pay booth is friendly, happy and loves his job. The car park is spacious - motorhomers use the top...More

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

The walled garden is very nice to look around especially if you have good weather. The castle itself was good and there were guides dotted around to give you information. The restaurant was fine and the prices average for this sort of attraction.

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Reviewed October 23, 2017

The castle and premises are well maintained and beautiful . Staff is very professional and helpful. There is a good cafe in the castle. Fun for the kids with assignment to find clues in the castle to answer questionnaire/quiz.

Thank FromHareskovby
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Reviewed October 19, 2017

Not the best or most extensive gardens we've seen, but they are worth a visit - it is a nice walk. We also enjoyed walking through the castle (and we've visited lots, so we tend not to go inside anymore).

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Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

I visited Blair Castle with my partner and 3year old last Thursday, something that I have wanted to do for years but being a non driver and having a young child and a partner who is not as enthusiastic about historic properties as I am,...More

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BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

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Reviewed October 14, 2017

Blair Castle is amazing, it has 30 rooms of wonderful artefacts. We were able to get lots of information as there are plenty of guides to help. We spent over 5 hours in the the castle and gardens. It’s a must to visit

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BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

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Reviewed October 14, 2017

Having just joined Historic houses we thought we'd put the membership to use. We didn't have time to visit the castle as we were travelling, but we walked round the gardens and up to the deer park. What we saw was pleasant and definitely made...More

Thank Julie P
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BlairCastle, Director of Sales at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

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Reviewed October 14, 2017

Popped in on return from a visit up north . Lovely grounds which were soothing in todays hectic world. The Castle has so much history and not only from the distant past. Highly recommended Very nice sandwiches in the tearoom.

Thank David W
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Reviewed October 13, 2017

This castle was rebuilt as a Georgian mansion after 1700, and was rebuilt in the 1860's in the Scot's baronial style. This is the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, and the clan seat of the Murrays of Atholl. Did you know...More

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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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