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Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

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

Planning your visit

Enjoy hot drinks, lunches and home-baked treats in the courtyard café.

Top off your visit with a wander round the well-stocked gift shop.

We welcome dogs and their responsible owners to Crathes. Only assistance dogs are permitted in the public buildings, the walled garden and the children's adventure playground.

There are three car parks and a coach park.

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

If you would like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: or telephone 01330 844525.


See full accessibility information
Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Baby changing
Children’s activities
Coach parking
Free member parking
Hot drinks
Pay & Display
Play area
Self-guided trail
Wheelchair access

Opening times

Current periodJan - Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00 - 16.00 30 Mar - 1 Oct, daily, 10.30 - 17.00 1 Nov - 23 Dec, Sat & Sun, 11.00 - 16.00
1 Jan - 31 Jan, Sat & Sun, 11.00 - 16.00 Current period1 Feb - 30 Mar, Thur - Mon, 11.00 - 16.00 1 Apr - 31 Oct, daily, 10.30 - 17.00 1 Nov - 23 Dec, Thur - Mon, 11.00 - 16.00 23 Dec - 2 Jan 2019, closed

Entry prices

One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50


  • 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 have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

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