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Crathes Castle Garden (NTS)



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The castle, built in the second half of the 16th century, is a superb example of a tower house of the period. Some of the rooms retain their original painted ceilings and collections of family portraits and furniture. The superb garden, really eight individual gardens, is one of the most entrancing in Scotland. It provides a wonderful display at all times of the year. The great yew hedges, fascinating examples of the art of topiary, date from as early as 1702. The castle grounds are perfect for nature study and there are six exciting trails for visitors to enjoy. Visitor Centre, restaurant, shop and plant sales area.

Opening Times

Garden and Estate: all year, daily 9-sunset.

Castle: 23 Mar to 31 Oct, daily 10.30-4.45; 1 Nov to 23 Dec*, Sat/Sun 10.30-3.45.

Café: 1 Apr to 31 Oct, daily 9.30-5; 1 Nov to 23 Dec*, Tue-Sun 10-4.
Shop: 1 Apr to 31 Oct, daily 10-5; 1 Nov to 23 Dec*, Tue-Sun 10-4.

* Castle, Shop and Courtyard Cafe also open daily 27-31 December.

Last admission to castle 45 mins before closing.

Pricing Details

Admission prices : FREE to members

Joint Ticket - Castle & Garden:
Adult £12
Family £28.50 (Two adults and up to four children)
1 Parent £22.00 (One adult and up to four children)
Concession £8.50



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4 Stars


Crathes Castle Garden (NTS)

AB31 5QJ
Phone: 01330 844525
Fax: 01330 844797
Crathes Castle Garden (NTS)


On A93, 3 miles of Banchory and 15 miles west of Aberdeen. AB31 5QJ

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