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Review of Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle
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$16.33*
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Cawdor Castle Admission Ticket
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Nairn
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Re-opens 13th April 2019 A romantic fairy-tale castle that has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370, Cawdor has evolved into a charming family mansion and the most outstanding of stately homes. The dramatic medieval tower, dungeon, turrets, battlements and drawbridge, belie an enchanting interior of fine art, tapestries and furniture which create the warm and welcoming feel of a home rather than a museum. The castle, set in stunning grounds with three beautiful and varied gardens, is surrounded by the magnificent Cawdor Big Wood, one of the finest woodland areas in Europe, threaded with colour coded nature trails to explore. Visitors are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch or tea with home-baking from our mouth-watering menu in the courtyard café, then browse the exciting range of gifts and goodies in our three shops and, time permitting, have fun on the putting green and short 9-hole golf course which provides enjoyment for all abilities.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Wonderful house and gardens that are still lived in by the Dowager Countess of Cawdor. Very homely and welcoming.

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"gardens are beautiful"
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"dowager countess"
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"flower garden"
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"formal gardens"
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"self guided tour"
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"gift shop"
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"own pace"
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"holly tree"
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"on display"
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"information boards"
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

By all means visit, look at the outside of the castle, even go round the gardens, but on no account go in to the building itself.

I had been looking forward to visiting Cawdor for a couple of years, fascinated by it's connection to the Shakespeare play. It was £9.75/ adult to go in to the house, and I can only call that ridiculous fee robbery without violence. The castle is beautiful from the outside, see pic, there are none of the inside since photography is not allowed. If there were and they were posted, surely no one would want to go in. It was frankly hideous. We all tramped, rather quickly, and speeding up as we went, through a series off rooms that looked like antique shop nightmares. These included a modern, but ugly kitchen, (why,) and grim untidy rooms with old and new artifacts strewn about. Each room had a type-sheet explaining what it was supposed to be. We, and most of the other visitors we entered with, cleared the whole building in about 20 minutes, we couldn't get out fast enough. There was obvious puzzlement on the faces of the large number of foreign visitors who either thought that they were going to be going around a stately home, or some museum constructed around the Macbeth myth, neither was the case.

Attraction is a misnomer, even if this could have been visited free I would have felt overcharged, it was to be frank, pointless.

11  Thank CityVisitor186534
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

By all means visit, look at the outside of the castle, even go round the gardens, but on no account go in to the building itself.

I had been looking forward to visiting Cawdor for a couple of years, fascinated by it's connection to the Shakespeare play. It was £9.75/ adult to go in to the house, and I can only call that ridiculous fee robbery without violence. The castle is beautiful from the outside, see pic, there are none of the inside since photography is not allowed. If there were and they were posted, surely no one would want to go in. It was frankly hideous. We all tramped, rather quickly, and speeding up as we went, through a series off rooms that looked like antique shop nightmares. These included a modern, but ugly kitchen, (why,) and grim untidy rooms with old and new artifacts strewn about. Each room had a type-sheet explaining what it was supposed to be. We, and most of the other visitors we entered with, cleared the whole building in about 20 minutes, we couldn't get out fast enough. There was obvious puzzlement on the faces of the large number of foreign visitors who either thought that they were going to be going around a stately home, or some museum constructed around the Macbeth myth, neither was the case.

Attraction is a misnomer, even if this could have be

2  Thank CityVisitor186534
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This castle features a setting which you can still imagine as a family home once the visitors depart, yet everything is made attractive for visitors, with a racy commentary in duplicate in every room. The gardens are well kept and tempt one to stay on, and on. After a visit to Cawdor, we didn't want to make further plans for what was left of our day.

1  Thank JohnCEdinburgh
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This was a spur of the moment visit after Culloden. We saw people here we had also seen there so it is probably two things people visit on the same day. We felt it was a little expensive around the same price as Culloden - so our expectations were high. The staff on reception/ in gift shop were friendly enough. You get to tour the house alone, Lots of information points around but we didn't see any staff in the house to point out the little extra bits which would make the place more interesting. Parts of the castle had stone steps and winding steps and we weren't warned, assume the lady on reception thought we looked fit enough!, The gardens were beautiful, full of colour. This visit didn't last very long

2  Thank leysla
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