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Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

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 and shop

Please note pre-booking is NOT possible! Please follow government guidelines. Entry to castle every 10 minutes. Tickets purchased from shop.

1 Jan–29 Apr, closed Current period30 Apr–31 Oct, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–16.00 (last entry 4pm)
Café 1702

Please note that Café 1702 is closed due to staffing shortages. The Wild Wood kiosk offers a small selection of our café offering, open Thurs–Mon.

1 Jan–1 Apr, closed 2 Apr–19 Sep, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–16.00 Current period20 Sep–31 Dec, closed
Gardens

1 Jan–31 Mar, Mon–Fri, 10.00–16.00 1 Apr–31 May, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–15.30 Current period1 Jun–31 Oct, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–16.00
Wild Wood Adventure Play

1 Jan–1 Apr, closed Current period2 Apr–31 Oct, Thurs–Mon, 10.00–16.00
Grounds

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk

Entry prices

Crathes Castle
Adult
£14.50
Family
£33.00
One adult family
£27.50
Concession
£11.00
Young Scot
£1.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £4.65

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please note pre-booking is NOT possible – entry to the castle is on a first-come, first-served basis, with household groups staggered at regular intervals.

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.


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!

Drone flying is not permitted at this property without prior permission and approval. Commercial operators should contact the Trust’s Filming Manager at filming@nts.org.uk.

Please also see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit.


Group bookings

  • Preferential rate for groups of 12+
  • Warm welcome from Visitor Services Supervisor on arrival and wave goodbye
  • Designated coach bays for easy parking
  • Free parking for pre-booked coaches
  • Takeaway facility only in our café

For further information on commercial activities or to make a group booking, please contact our Travel Trade team on +44 (0) 131 458 0204 or email traveltrade@nts.org.uk

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 & access

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.

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 courtyard café has accessible toilets.

Baby changing
Bike route
Buggy access
Children’s activities

We have a dedicated coach parking area in the car park.

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.

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.

We have ample car parking spaces in a car park close to the castle. Parking is free for members.

Play area
Self-guided trail

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

Toilet
Walks

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 café.

  • 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.
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