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Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Painted ceilings and family portraits adorn this turreted castle, set among sculpted yew trees and nature trails

Getting here

Crathes Castle is 15 miles west of Aberdeen and 3 miles east of Banchory on the A93.
Address Crathes Castle Banchory Aberdeenshire AB31 5QJ

The entrance to the castle and grounds is via the signposted main drive off the A93. If you travel by bus it is a 1 mile walk from the driveway entrance to the ticket office, café and gift shop. Please note that some sat nav systems may direct you via private roads; the co-ordinates for the entrance to the drive are: 57.056667 & -2.426428

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Opening times

Castle (guided tours only)
1 Jan–4 Jan 2019, closed 5 Jan–31 Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00 Current period1 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 10.30–17.00 (last tour 16.00) 1 Nov–22 Dec, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00 Jan 2020–Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00
Shop and Café
1 Jan–4 Jan 2019, closed 5 Jan–27 Jan, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00 1 Feb–31 Mar, Thurs – Mon, 11.00–16.00 Current period1 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 10.30–17.00 (shop open at 10.15) 1 Nov–22 Dec, Thurs–Sun, 11.00–16.00 4 Jan 2020–31 Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00
Walled garden
1 Jan–4 Jan 2019, closed 5 Jan–27 Jan, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00 1 Feb–31 Mar, Thurs–Mon, 11.00–16.00 Current period1 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 10.30–17.00 1 Nov–22 Dec, Thurs–Sun, 11.00–16.00 4 Jan 2020–31 Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00
Wild Wood Adventure Play
1 Jan–4 Jan 2019, closed 5 Jan–31 Mar, Sat & Sun, 10.30–15.00 Current period1 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 10.30–17.00 2 Nov–29 Dec, Sat & Sun, 10.30–15.00
Grounds
Current periodAll year, daily, dawn–dusk

Entry prices

Crathes Castle
Adult
£13.00
Family
£30.00
One adult family
£25.00
Concession
£10.00
Wild Wood Adventure Play
Child (under 4s free)
£4.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £4.00

Planning your visit

When planning your visit, make sure to check our website and Facebook pages for updates and the latest information on our vibrant events programme. With a wide variety of family fun days, outdoor cinema and outdoor theatre, as well as workshops, gatherings and sports events, we strive to make sure that Crathes Castle offers something exciting for everyone!

Find out all about life on the estate in centuries gone by from our experienced guides, who will lead you around the castle on one of our informative guided tours. 

During the summer, one of our volunteers runs a free garden tour every Wednesday at 2pm. Ask at the shop or check our Facebook page for details.

Make sure you have time to enjoy a delicious home-baked treat in our café  and top off your visit with a wander round our well-stocked gift shop.

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate welcomes dogs and their responsible owners. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the public buildings, the Walled Garden and Wild Wood Adventure Play.

Please note that drone use should be approved by the National Trust for Scotland before you arrive at Crathes.

Please be aware that there is limited disabled access in the castle and around the estate. Should you require wheelchair assistance, do not hesitate to ask at the shop or cafe. 

We have ample car parking spaces as well as a dedicated coach parking area. 

For more information about planning your visit please see some frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: crathes@nts.org.uk or telephone 01330 844525.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Facilities

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Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Baby changing
Bike route
Buggy access
Café
Children’s activities
Coach parking
Dogs welcome
Free member parking
Guided tour
Parking
Pay & Display
Play area
Self-guided trail
Shop
Toilet
Walks
Wheelchair access
Wi-Fi

Accessibility

The disabled car park is adjacent to the courtyard café. Disabled parking at the castle is by arrangement; please contact the ticket office on arrival for details.

  • The ground floor of the castle is wheelchair accessible. 
  • The upper levels are only accessible by stairs, mostly narrow spiral staircases.
  • Most of the walled garden is wheelchair accessible.
  • Most of the waymarked trails are not suitable for wheelchairs. 
  • The path to Caroline’s Garden is fully accessible.
  • The courtyard café is fully accessible and also has accessible toilets.

We’ve created a detailed Accessibility Guide for Crathes to assist with your visit.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.