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Aberdeen City & Shire

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Getting here

Drum Castle is 3 miles west of Peterculter, 10 miles west of Aberdeen and 8 miles east of Banchory.
Address Drum Castle Drumoak by Banchory Aberdeenshire AB31 5EY

Drum Castle is situated ½ mile off the A93 (the Aberdeen to Banchory road).

Travelling west from Aberdeen, pass through Peterculter. After 3 miles, turn right towards Drum Castle.

Heading east from Banchory, travel 8 miles and then turn left towards Drum Castle.

Buses run every 30 minutes during the day along the A93. The bus stops are ½ mile from the castle (approximately a 20-minute walk).

Contact information

Telephone: 01330 700334

Get directions

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Opening times

Castle, shop and tearoom

Please note Mary’s Larder tearoom will operate a takeaway service.

20 Dec–7 Jan 2022, closed Current period8 Jan–31 Mar, Sat & Sun, 10.30–15.00 1 Apr–31 May, Thu–Mon, 10.30–16.00 1 Jun–31 Aug, daily, 10.30–16.00 1 Sep–30 Sep, Thu–Mon, 10.30–16.00 1 Oct–31 Dec, Sat–Sun, 10.30–15.00
Garden of Historic Roses

Current period1 Jan–31 Mar 2022, closed 1 Apr–31 Oct, daily, 10.00–16.00 1 Nov–31 Dec, closed

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

Entry prices

Castle & Walled Garden
One adult family
Young Scot
Walled Garden only

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 required.

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.

Scotland’s Great Days Out in association with VisitScotland

Save up to 50% on admission to the castle and garden at Drum Castle, Garden & Estate until 18 February 2022, or until the discounted tickets have sold out. Please check opening times and plan your trip before visiting.

See the offer’s full terms and conditions

Please note that the Tower is currently not accessible to visitors until further notice, due to ongoing structural repairs.

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 see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit. 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: drumcastle@nts.org.uk

Facilities & access

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’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.

There’s a designated disabled parking area in the main car park and two spaces near the Garden of Historic Roses.

There’s an accessible toilet in the courtyard.

Baby changing
Buggy access

Mary’s Larder tearoom offers a takeaway service at weekends. There is limited outdoor seating available in the castle courtyard.

Children’s activities
Coach parking

Dogs are welcome in the grounds but must be kept on a lead while in the car park, near the children’s play areas, in the courtyard and around the castle areas. Dogs are not allowed in the walled garden.

Guided tour

Car parking is free for members.

Soak up the historical atmosphere whilst picnicking in the grounds.

Play area
Self-guided trail

Buy a range of gifts in the shop.

Toilet facilities are open when the tearoom is open.


The ground floor of the castle, including the shop and tearoom, is accessible for wheelchairs. There’s limited access to the main floor.