Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Found in the very heart of Angus in Scotland, Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. Once the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Glamis is renowned for its rich history and famous visitors, from Mary, Queen of Scots to James V. Glamis Castle was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Her younger daughter, HRH Princess Margaret, was born here and was also frequent visitor during her childhood. Throughout our open season expert guides will help visitors on their self-guided tour. Visit our gardens and grounds flourish in the Summer months, visit our Gift Shop for some inspirational gift ideas and be served scrumptious delights from the Victorian Kitchen Restaurant.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • tattoo4life
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Visited here today with my wife and we both thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The gardens and castle are stunning. We took part in the guided tour and Catherine was very knowledgeable, polite and professional. We did think we’d see more of the castle but it is a private residence so understandable. The gardens were beautiful and the walk through the woods throws up amazing wooden sculptures.
    Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. So glad you had time to visit the gardens, a beautiful peaceful walk. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle.
    Written 24 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Sean H
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle thriving with history
    What an incredible experience! The drive up to the castle was breathtaking. The tour was very thorough and Ewan, our guide, was very knowledgeable. The cafe was good. The grounds had so many options from a kids play area to the many beautiful gardens available to walk through and explore.
    Thank you for your lovely review. I will make sure we give Ewan these positive comments, I am sure he will be delighted. Lovely that you managed to have something to eat , and get time to go into the beautiful gardens. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle
    Written 25 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Julie M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glamis castle
    Absolutely worth e ery penny to visit the castle. My little boy loved being asked questions on the tour. Will definitely go again. The drive down was beautiful. They have a park for the children to play in. Great on history.
    Thank you for this lovely review. It is good to know that your little boy enjoyed the tour, the tour guides are very good at interacting with children on the tours to make sure they have a good experience, its not just for adults. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle.
    Written 26 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Richard P
    Nethy Bridge, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Round Excellent
    Another castle on the list of must do. We started in the gardens, first the walled garden. This is still under restoration, but there's a lovely mix of mature and new, with some information describing work that is planned. A very peaceful place to wander. We then went via the pinetum with it's magificent mature trees, and the 7 Macbeth related sculptures which fitted the woodland perfectly. Then into the Italian Garden, again, beautifully done, some great views of the castle from the garden, and again a peaceful area to just sit and observe. We had lunch in the restaurant. Excellent food and coffee, excellent service, and touches such as fresh water available without having to ask. Plenty of seating both inside and out. Then onto the castle. We didn't have to wait long for a tour. This was very informative, nice and relaxed. A good amount of time to look in each room, though given the sheer quantity of things to look at, it would be impossible to see everything. A nice blend of fact and humour, distant history and more recent royalty related information. Given it is still a private residence then it's been done very well, trying to allow access without being overly intrusive. All in all an excellent day and would thoroughly recommend. Many thanks to the staff.
    Thank you so much, the must be one of the nicest, comprehensive reviews of the Castle experience. Sounds like you had a wonderful day here at Glamis Castle. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle.
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • RomanB
    Geneva, Switzerland98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour at Glamis Castle in Scotland
    We visited Glamis Castle in July 2023 and joined one of the complementary tours which take place every 30min. We had Abi as our tour guide and she was amazing to say the least! She made the tour - even though it was a fairly large group - very entertaining, interesting and fun! Abi is very knowledgeable and could answer all our questions - and the tour inside the castle was full of stories, history and wonderful places. We would definitely recommend visiting this beautiful castle (the birthplace of Princess Margaret by the way..). Thank you Abi and good luck in Munich / Germany!
    Thank you for this lovely review. Abi, will be delighted to have such positive feedback. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle.
    Written 31 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Emma G
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Positive experience!
    I visited this stunning castle on 29/07/2023 and had Abbie as our tour guide. I hugely enjoyed this tour and experience. Abbie was thorough and clearly knowledgeable on the history of this castle, but also something very noticeable was that she appeared to be enjoying giving this tour. This tour must have been provided to tourists many times, however Abbie was friendly throughout, keeping engagement with the group, easy to hear, and she appeared to enjoy her career here and that is always lovely to see. I particularly enjoyed the ghost stories also! This castle offers plenty of parking, clear signs, a park for young children, and beautiful sights. The castle itself was beautiful, and me and my family / friends all enjoyed this experience. The shop had plenty of lovely items for sale, and the latte I purchased from the coffee shop was lovely also! I come to Scotland for a yearly visit, and I would definitely recommend to other friends who want to visit and believe it is completely worth the price.
    Thank you so much for this lovely review, and again this wonderful feedback for our lovely Abi. You managed to enjoy the shop and coffee shop. We hope to welcome you back to Glamis Castle on your next visit to Scotland.
    Written 31 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Dr N Beg
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for short visit
    Very impressive place. Lovely gardens, cheerful staff and mouth watering cakes. Can easily send more than half a day. Easy to reach from Dundee, just 27 mins car drive.
    Thank you, that's a lovely review. So glad you enjoyed the gardens, and the mouth watering cakes in the restaurant. As you say it really is just a short drive from Dundee, and a lovely day out. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle.
    Written 3 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • roanne196
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful visit
    The guided tour by Euan was excellent, full of entertaining and interesting stories, engagingly told. Lovely place to visit. We enjoyed the Macbeth sculpture trail, woodland walks and formal gardens.
    Thank you for this lovely review of your day at the Castle, and your tour with Euan. So glad you had the time to visit the gardens and the Macbeth trail. We hope to welcome you back to Glamis Castle in the future. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle.
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Lizy M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glamis castle
    We really enjoyed our trip to the Glamis Castle. We enjoyed the guided tour, the history about the castle was well explained and was very interesting.the children’s exhibition had Queens personal letter and clothing as exhibit and was very interesting. The castle’s restaurant food was good. The car parking was convenient and included in the ticket price . We had a lovely walk in the gardens arounds the castle. Overall it was worth going to the Glamis castle and spend half a day as a family .
    Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review, glad your family enjoyed it. You managed to take the tour, and see the peaceful gardens and grounds. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle.
    Written 7 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Andrew
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    What an amazing opportunity this was - to visit the family home of the late Queen Mother. The castle itself is incredible and it’s worth paying the extra to see inside. The guided tour was excellent. Our guide, Euan, regaled us with some very entertaining anecdotes about the family’s history, which made our time here extremely enjoyable. There’s not much to the grounds, but there are plenty of great photo opportunities. The gift shop was also impressive - one of the best we saw - and was even better stocked than those of the Royal palaces. Well worth the drive and the time and I couldn’t recommend a few hours here highly enough.
    Thank you for this lovely review of your day out at Glamis Castle. Glad that you have gone away knowing so much more about the History of the Castle thanks to Euan. The staff in the shop will be delighted to hear your comments, the quality of the goods ,and friendliness of the staff are something we are proud of. Best wishes from the team at Glamis Castle.
    Written 7 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 August 2023
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Scottish Hopper
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
A ‘surcharge’ of £3 was inexplicably added to the online entry price (2adults, 2 teens, 2 concessions should total £74 but it cost £77). When I phoned to query it, they said the charge was being added because they were hosting an outdoor food ‘market’ on May 29. There was no choice as to whether you could opt in or out and it does not appear on the breakdown of the bill.
So, firstly, no information was given about the charge (unless you make the effort to find out) and, second, why should we be charged for the privilege of entering a paddock just so I can look at a few tents and possibly buy something?! They already have a very good shop and restaurant that is included in the entry price....ok, it’s only £3 but it’s wrong that they don’t put it on the bill and - when you think about what you’re being charged for - it feels like a sneaky way of charging an extra £3.
Written 29 May 2021
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Alexandra E
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Castle is amazing with so much to see! One of my favourites. However, although we booked tickets at 12 we went and they said that we couldn’t come in because we had to leave half an hour for the tour which just started. We came back 25 minutes later and other tour guide was there and told me we couldn’t come in as they were expecting another tour. So we went away again and waited in the cafe. At this point it was nearly an hour after our booking. I went to the ticket office to ask what was happening and ask about getting a refund as we were on a tight time schedule. The member of staff said we would have to call the main office as we booked the tickets online. She then looked at the security cameras and told us we could go in. When we got to the entrance for the third time, there was another operative on the door who then let us in. We had to wait for the tour ahead of us which was very slow. Furthermore, there was no one stationed around the rooms to ensure that the customers did not get lost. I even saw some customers touching some of the historical artifices which can be very damaging. I would recommend that customers only book tickets if they are happy to wait and have a half day free. For the staff I would recommend tours are held on special days which will free up more staff to be stationed in different rooms in the castle and bring down wait times. A great castle with many interesting and thoughtful exhibits. Would recommend. Just heed my above experience!
Written 5 July 2022
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Barbara Y
Manchester, UK16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited Glamis Castle yesterday with my 1 1/2 year old granddaughter. We had booked Sunday lunch at the restaurant. Whilst the overall experience was very good - fabulous grounds and a wonderful location, the dining experience let it down. When we sat down to eat, nobody came over for some time to take our order. When the waitress did eventually come over, she asked if we wanted "anything else". We were somewhat surprised by this as we were not told exactly what we would be getting! She then explained we would have the Sunday roast, but could order additional starters or dessert. We then had to ask for the menu to see what these included. We opted to just stick with the main course, at which point we were asked if we were ok just to drink the free water provided. Again we asked what other drinks were available, and the waitress reeled off some soft drinks. When my daughter enquired if wine was available we were told it was, but this was not offered initially. We were not given a wine list and were asked simply if we wanted red or white, and not given the option to order by the glass or by the bottle. The food arrived and was really very good, however the waitress disappeared before we had the chance to request condiments, so I went over to the till to request mustard and horseradish sauce. My granddaughter's meal did not arrive (we had assumed it would be coming next) so again I had to enquire about this, and was told that they did not know that we required a child's meal, despite requesting a high chair on the booking form. The horseradish sauce appeared after we had begun eating, followed by the child's meal. We felt as though everything was an inconvenience, and when the bill came, we were very surprised by the cost of the wine (£24 for 3 small glasses) - in hindsight it would have been cheaper to order a bottle, had we been given this option. The dining experience was therefore quite disappointing in what was otherwise a lovely overall visit.
Written 16 August 2021
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Lolly309
68 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We came here as a family. Let me start by saying the staff here are lovely! The place is clean and gardens are immaculate. I made a trip advisor account just to make people aware that you can only visit a whopping 6 rooms in this place before you splash out on a family ticket of about £45..

I have been looking forward to visiting this castle since I was about 8. This was in the 90s! I am on a road trip of the east coast and made a point of coming to see this place as it was steeped in history and mystery. I was mostly interested in the spooky side of things, namely the secret room(s) and where they think it might be hidden and other things about the history. I can only guess there are over 200 rooms inside Glamis and guess what , you only get to visit 6! I think the crypt is the 7th room but I didn’t see that (I think it’s on the private guided tour) so after decades of wanting to see this place there ended up being no explanations given , not much. You can go to the toilet and around that area there are huge print out boards with piles of written info on… hard to concentrate with hand-driers in the background though. So I didn’t bother.

There was no guide to our tour it was a D.I.Y one, you scanned the QR codes and you listened to your phone (not sure what you’d do without a smart phone as there are NO descriptions to read in the rooms from what I could see , maybe I missed them?)

There is the queen mothers sitting room which is roped off at a certain point (as you’d expect but just is more of a kick in the teeth) , Kings bedroom, Chapel, billiards room (nothing really in it but a covered billiards table and books behind wired cupboards), some stone hallways, and rooms with sofa and paintings in. That’s about it. To see the castle driving up to it is quite spectacular I was so excited but I will be warning others not to line the pockets of those richer than themselves and keep their money and go to some free castles in Scotland on the east coast. We visited New slains castle which was a ruin, FREE to go inside with amazing views and no expensive cafe and gift shop.

Just a warning, The cafe is expensive, it’s £9.95 or so for a soup and bread for example. I’d suggest getting a sandwich at the takeaway kiosk as they’re £2.95 (still bad but I expected this for sandwiches)

If you’re like me and you love to visit stately homes etc, you’ll probably enjoy The House of Dun in Montrose., instead. That was the same price and you get a fully guided tour with people in costume giving you every detail of the history of the place.

Such a shame Glamis. Sorry I came as we made a special effort to detour and come here.
Written 14 August 2021
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N.F
Glasgow, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Fabulous family day out with a 13 and 11 year old. Very Covid aware with masks worn, plenty of hand sanitizer and monitored numbers in the inside spaces. Something of interest for everyone in the castle, which has an easy to navigate online listening guide through a QR code. If your mobile can't read the QR codes, you can download an app in seconds for free. The grounds and gardens are immaculate and there is a children's playground with zipline. We had an excellent lunch in the kitchen restaurant and the service throughout the day from everyone we met was outstanding. Some very nice items in the gift shop and there is also some fascinating second hand items for sale. My only criticism is of the Glamis Castle website - it is a nightmare to navigate and booking and paying for the restaurant in advance for a family with different menu requirements was impossible. I had to book and pay for the children's menu separately. The pop up opera in the garden was not well advertised on the site and was easily overlooked.
Written 24 July 2021
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Christina O
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Very interesting self-guided tour of the castle. The tour takes approx. 45 mins, and I am glad we chose to book the slightly more expensive castle entry-ticket and not just the ticket for entering the castle grounds and gardens as the interior was very impressive. When the tour was finished at 2:15 pm, we decided to have lunch in the restaurant. We arrived after the crowds, but we could tell the staff had been struggling with the number of visitors during the day as they were out of all warm food and only had open sandwiches left. Food was okay (kind of what you would expect of a museum that gets a lot of tourists daily), but the staff was friendly and did a great job of catering to all visitors. Other than in the restaurant, it never felt crowded. The gardens were beautiful, the restrooms were clean and fresh and there were a lot of parking spaces.
Written 16 August 2022
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iandorothy
Dundee, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went to the castle’s Christmas market on one of its busiest days but there was still a good friendly atmosphere. The majority of the stalls sold food or alcoholic drinks but they were of a high quality. Because it is held in December wear warm clothes and waterproof footwear.
Written 6 January 2020
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Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to review you visit to Glamis Castle. We are delighted you had such an enjoyable time at the Christmas Market. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards, Anna
Written 8 January 2020
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jamesdean25745
Okehampton, UK257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We had specifically travelled up from Devon to meet friends and visit the castle. Luckily, the rain had finished the night before and despite the pandemic restrictions, we all had a wonderful experience.
We had previously made the telephone booking and as we drove into the grounds, a member of staff greeted us, provided a site map and gave directions on where to park. There is a large parking area and is a short walk to the entrance. The numerous steps make it impossible for wheelchair users, however the grounds permit easy travel.
The exterior of the castle leaves one in awe at its beauty and the interior with its various artefacts complement and illustrate the relics from the past to the present day. A site plan is provided and an audio faclity/QR codes to enable guides to be superfluous.
The grounds provide a respite from modern living and the various wooden carvings are really imaginative. We were unable to visit the Italian garden due to a wedding party taking place.
The wooden building between the car park and castle provided takeaway pre-packed sandwiches and soup that could be consumed at the garden tables and fixed wooden seats.
There is so much information provided and interest stimulated in this visit that you definitely need another visit to dig deeper into the historical data shown on the walls display boards.
Written 31 August 2020
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tamoralady
Rochester, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The first sight of the castle from the Avenue is very dramatic and, with a history going back over 650 years, the range of rooms within that are open to the public are excellent - especially considering that this is still someone's home...

As well as the historic Crypt, chapel and guard room, with their ghostly legends, other rooms include a wonderfully grand dining room with the table set for guests, a huge drawing room decorated with some magnificent paintings, and the apartments once used by the couple who would become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, parents of our late Queen and grandparents of King Charles III.

We'd booked a guided tour and I'm very glad we did as it was very interesting and informative tour. There were just six of us in the group, including four French speaking visitors, and our guide worked very hard to ensure that everyone understood her commentary as we were shown around around the section of the castle open to the public. The tour may not be suitable for very young children, and photos are not permitted - but a very comprehensive and well illustrated guide book available to purchase for £10.

After a very pleasant light lunch in the castle restaurant, which is located in what used to be the Victorian kitchens, we took the opportunity to explore the beautiful grounds outside. Despite being November, we were fortunate that the weather was fair and the autumn colours were simply stunning.

I've wanted to visit Glamis Castle for many years, particularly as my 2nd gt grandfather was House Steward to the 13th Earl, and I was thrilled to actually have the chance to make the trip at long last!!
Written 13 November 2023
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Margaret T
St. Andrews, UK188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
For fans of the Queen, Royal family and Scottish history, Glamis is an enjoyable day out! I am a student and the £12.50 admission fee to the house and gardens is a bit steep, but a tour with a entertaining guide Simon is included. The tour is about 55 mins and takes you through 10 rooms - dining room, drawing room, sitting room, chapel, servants’ quarters, a few bedrooms… I wish we could have lingered a bit longer to look at the paintings, furnishings etc, which are all lovely, but they really do move you right along at a brisk pace. Pictures are not allowed.
At the end of the tour, we enjoyed the moderately priced tea and cakes and didn’t try the food but it wasn’t as overpriced as you would expect from a place like this.
The signage outside the house could be a bit better, it’s very easy to get lost and wander beyond where the map tells you. Still, even though this happened to us, it was a lovely day and the scenery is beautiful.
My favorite part of the visit was getting to see the family’s own history at the end of the tour; there are childhood clothes and toys of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret as well as letters written to their grandparents.
Written 11 April 2023
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