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Crathes Castle: Tours & Tickets

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This beautiful castle dates back to 1563 and is rumored to be haunted.
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| Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QJ, Scotland
+44 1330 844525
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All reviews well worth a visit national trust go ape walled garden gift shop guided tour stunning gardens answer any questions tower house interesting place self guided own pace ticket office formal gardens interesting history nts members sunny day
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Really enjoyed our guided tour around the house. An excellent guide gave us an insight into the history of the house and it's owners. The gardens and the topiary were really beautiful. Nice cafe with tasty pasties.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jim B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely grounds and paths to walk with dogs etc. Go Ape is there also a cafe. Gardens look amazing but unfortunately couldn't go in as no dogs allowed.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Lassieloop
Reviewed 4 days ago

Second visit here and the sun was shining, had a lovely walk around the grounds and sat outside the cafe for some lunch, very enjoyable and tasty food but a tad on the expensive side, hopefully we will call back when next in the area.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Lakesholly
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous gardens beautifully cared for very restful varied walks woodland,formal style gardens fantastic topiary around the croquet lawn the cafe was average mostly over to souveneer junk

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank John r
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Walled gardens are a scent and colour sensation the castle guides are well informed a truly wonderful day out, don't forget to walk in the woods. Plenty to do for all the family.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Kenneth W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You must stop and get a ticket at the gift shop as well as be assigned to a tour time before going to the castle. The tour is very interesting but requires going up and down a number of stone, circular staircases in some cases...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MOBX
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here before but our visit this time was made very enjoyable by the wonderful guide. She said she came from Poland and she was very infomative and really brought everything to life and she had a great sense of humour - best...More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank Granderbob
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Never went into castle as had been before. Lovely walled garden but think the red squirrels on speed. Too fast to get a photo. Lunch lovely and at last NTS!!! a place where I could get a baked potato without having to have a mayonnaise...More

Date of experience: September 2019
3  Thank Linda M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Crathes Castle is much busier than its neighbours, Drum Castle and Castle Fraser. Worth persevering, however, because the one-hour guided tour of the house is very good. Our young guide was excellent. You can also explore extensive gardens and find a bit of peace and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Firstly, don't do the tour if you have major walking problems! The "stairs" up all flights are narrow and spiral but although I am awaiting a hip op I did manage them - slowly! Worth the effort and the young guide was knowledgeable and a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Cheryl095
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Agnieszka r
29 June 2019|
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Response from charles h | Reviewed this property |
It’s National trust for Scotland.property and as such all tours are free to members .cant speak for non members because I am a member of English national trust and we are affiliated together,best advice I can offer would be... More
24 March 2019|
Response from Susan P |
No. The gardens are £6.50 to enter and are locked when the castle is closed. Carparking is £3.00.
Susan P
5 September 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth-P-Scotland | Reviewed this property |
Folks. It can be problematic for less able-bodied people to visit ancient monuments and historic buildings. Obviously, given the nature and age of the building, adding modern conveniences like lifts, is not always possible... More