Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate
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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

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 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.

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

Opening times

Castle
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 1 Nov–22 Dec, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00 Jan 2020–Mar, Sat & Sun, 11.00–16.00 Guided tours only of the castle – please check the Things to Do page for tour timings.
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–23 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)
£3.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50

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.