Cawdor Castle
Cawdor 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
A romantic fairy-tale castle that has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370, Cawdor has evolved into a charming family mansion and the most outstanding of stately homes. The dramatic medieval tower, dungeon, turrets, battlements and drawbridge, belie an enchanting interior of fine art, tapestries and furniture which create the warm and welcoming feel of a home rather than a museum. The castle, set in stunning grounds with three beautiful and varied gardens, is surrounded by the magnificent Cawdor Big Wood, one of the finest woodland areas in Europe, threaded with colour coded nature trails to explore. Visitors are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch or tea with home-baking from our mouth-watering menu in the courtyard café, then browse the exciting range of gifts and goodies in our three shops and, time permitting, have fun on the putting green and short 9-hole golf course which provides enjoyment for all abilities.
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  • Cora B
    Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands1,536 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Great looking castle, toilets before you enter, 2 shops, audio guide, café selling excellent food at average price. Loved the interior, as expected in a historical place there were steps involved. Staff very well informed and friendly. Loved the gardens.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 May 2023
  • GHKC
    Keswick, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens and we really appreciated being able to bring the dogs
    Visited in lovely weather in June 23. Gardens fabulous, scented roses starting to come out, spectacular laburnum arches and herbaceous borders. Great to be able to take the dogs with us, so we could stay a bit longer and not feel rushed.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Codiak!
    Abbotsford, Canada11,532 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Grounds!
    You will enjoy touring inside this castle. The staff are well organized and you will use an audio guide to hear about the various rooms. The outside grounds are beautifully kept so be sure to bring a camera.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Wanda P
    Warrenton, Virginia60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time Well Spent
    The castle is beautifully kept and very interesting. Get the pure-recorded audio tour to get the most out of it. The gardens are spectacular! I could have spent the entire time there wondering the garden paths and enjoying the beautiful flowers.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Aburel
    Bucharest, Romania3,022 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chapeau
    Drive based on the signs once you arrive in the area and not by Waze as it is confusing. Park in the very decent and free parking and walk to the visitors area. Interesting shops and nice people. The castle is not huge but very chic and decorated amazingly. A lot of attention to the details. Both castle and gardens are beautiful and manicured, a real gem.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Derek S
    Blaydon, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle and grounds.
    Cawdor is a small castle which is steeped in big history!! Well laid out route inside with a good audio commentary. Grounds are beautiful and include a formal maze and gardens, along with wild areas and numerous modern sculptures. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Anthony
    193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything a visit to a country house should be
    Historic house with lovely rooms and some interesting paintings. The gardens are spectacular and there is a good tea room and shop. The Countess and her team clearly have a good idea how to provide a good visit. A contrast with the NTS property nearby Brodie Castle which is disappointing and has no significant art works to enjoy. Definitely recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Carrie Labunski S
    London, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip!
    This is a 1000+ year old castle. Please be aware there will be some accessibility challenges for those with mobility issues. I really felt the history in the stairs which have worn over time. The gardens are beautiful! It was definitely worth the trip. Buses don't run out there anymore, but you can get a decent price taxi from Nairn or the Culloden Battlefield. I recommend 24/7 Nairn Taxis. They really took care of us!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Andrew B
    Hayling Island, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens - limited accessibility for wheelchair users
    The sun was shining and the garden was lovely. I took my father in his wheelchair and was advised not to pay for the house as it isn't accessible. The access ramp into the courtyard, Cafe and Toilet was very steep, certainly not DDA. The slope to the Walled Garden was again very steep - a good workout for pushing my 90 year old father about. The other toilets were before the ticket office and had a slope into them which was a struggle for my father. The gardens were well kept with interesting water features and the castle/house backdrop. The Walled garden was mostly a maze which we didn't attempt. We spent a pleasant 90 minutes touring the gardens which we both enjoyed.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,579 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens
    The small castle has a very nice tour through the different rooms. You are given an audio guide to tell about the different rooms and artifacts. Found some of the narrative a bit repeating, but it was OK and better than reading signs or listening to a guide. The gardens are quite lovely and definitely worth a walk. Several different types of gardens exist on the grounds, so take your pick of what to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
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VtaTraveler
Ventura, CA304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a beautifully furnished castle from the 1400s, even with a drawbridge. It’s still owned by the original Cawdor family, and the personal interest is apparent. We were on a short time constraint, so we kind of rushed through in half an hour. I would have loved to stay longer and taste what smelled so heavenly in the restaurant. Gardens are beautiful too.
Written 14 May 2024
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Stephen N
Castleford, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fantastic Castle set in amazing grounds. Food in cafè was excellent and all home made. The walks were lovely and I would recommend a visit.
Written 13 May 2024
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Andrea C
88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A beautiful castle not to be missed. You get to go into the castle + walk around the grounds. A recorder narrates the different rooms that you may enter with detailed information.
Written 9 May 2024
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Brian B
Houston, TX125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Excellent castle to visit, it is still lived in and the personal furnishings are interesting to see. The current owner is aging so the stories of what the future might be are interesting. The grounds are beautiful and very interesting. If you are in the area don't miss it.
Written 5 May 2024
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Junglebunny66
Surrey, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Lovely visit. Superb grounds and an interesting castle tour with audio guide. It’s a charming building. Beautiful gardens and a good cafe. A great day out.
Written 27 April 2024
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geismom
Sinking Spring, PA1,877 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We were quite surprised to see the crowds that were touring Cawdor Castle in mid September in the middle of the week. The place was pretty crowded. That being said, we were able to tour the interior at out leisure and were not dependent on timed tour guides.
The gardens were still in bloom and looked lovely.
There is a very large gift shop on the way out from the tour. That was crowded as well.
The parking lot was very easy to find and within close proximity to the entrance.
Written 19 October 2023
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Francis M
Poole, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We went on last day of opening for the season on 1st Oct. The castle was very interesting and well laid out. The cafe was excellent and so were the gardens. Cafe and gardens dog friendly.
Written 11 October 2023
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April W
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Beautiful gardens and grounds. This castle is beautiful and it was so nice to be able to tour the inside. It’s one of the more cozier castles we’ve visited. Feels like a home. Be sure to tour the gardens outside: you won’t be disappointed. The Secret Garden is especially beautiful. P
Written 16 September 2023
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TravelingNicx
London226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We enjoyed our trip around Cawdor Castle (which is included in a Historic Houses membership). It is very pretty and interesting. The room descriptions are particularly memorable as they were written by a Thane with a very dry sense of humour! The gardens were lovely.

We had lunch in the tea room. There were lots of options and it was very pleasant!
Written 16 September 2023
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MumandDad676
Carlisle, UK123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Cawdor castle is well worth a visit. We took our kids 12 to 21 and they all enjoyed the castle and gardens. The audio aids were particularly useful and informative. The castle itself has a good number of rooms of interest and the gardens are very pleasant to stroll around.
We visited the gift shop and this turned out to be our only disappointment. I bought my wife what I thought was a good quality small leather hand bag for £59.99 Perhaps I should have researched it more at the time; as I subsequently found the same bag on Amazon for £20! I realise the upkeep of castles is an expensive business and you expect some mark up; but triple its normal retail value? We are by no means wealthy and the gift was meant to be something special. I feel I've been ripped off and will be reluctant to buy anything from such a gift shop again. Please be aware before you consider buying anything from Cawdor Castle gift shop.
Written 14 September 2023
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