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Cawdor Castle

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Address: Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1667 404401
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A romantic fairy-tale castle that has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor...

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 standards.

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This was a lovely place to visit, National Trust, and a good few things to look at. The restaurant was rather expensive but the sandwiches and hot drinks were worth it. Lovely... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
WispyFairyWings
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East Midlands, United Kingdom

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East Midlands, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a lovely place to visit, National Trust, and a good few things to look at. The restaurant was rather expensive but the sandwiches and hot drinks were worth it. Lovely little shop.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The castle itself is inhabited from October till April by the family who owns it, so can only be visited part of the year. No audio guide, but some printed information in all rooms where public can enter. Restaurant with small but decent menu. Well tended walled garden. Maze with Minotaur in the centre. Well signposted paths of different length... More 

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Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and I am pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

Manorville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

An actual castle where lady cawdor presides part of the year. She was in while we were there. Great little tour that give you a nice history of the cawdor family. Don't miss the beautiful gardens. Even stop and play a round of golf.

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1 Thank Jim M
Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I hope you enjoyed your golf. More 

Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This was a very special castle as the family still lives in part of it during the year. The castle itself is beautifully decorated with art work that is both a mix of historical and modern pieces. The grounds are spectacular even with it being late September when we visited. The highlight was eating in the Castle's cafe where we... More 

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Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and I will pass on your comments to the catering team. More 

Moray, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Self guided tour of the castle so you can take as long as you like to read the amusing room information cards - well done to the writer. Interesting story about the tree growing through the castle. Gardens are lovely - look out for sculptures and go down to the woods to find the chainsaw carved bench.

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Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting. I am pleased you enjoyed your visit to Cawdor and had time to visit the Big Wood. More 

Bournemouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Very freindly staff ,nothing too much trouble.The lady in the courtyard shop was very proud to be a part of the castle staff.Felt very envious of Lady Cawdor.What a place to call home.

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Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and I am pleased you enjoyed your visit. I will pass on your comments to the team. More 

Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Just can't say enough about what a great place this was to visit! Photo opportunities galore, and more history than you can shake a stick at.

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Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and I am pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Cawdor Castle is sourrounded by beautiful gardens. The castle is built around a 15th-century tower house, with substantial additions in later centuries. Originally a property of the Calder family, it passed to the Campbells in the 16th century. It remains in Campbell ownership, and is now home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor, stepmother of Colin Campbell, 7th Earl Cawdor. Make... More 

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Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and I am pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

Moray, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Returning from Inverness we branched off the A96 and headed for Cawdor Castle for a coffee and possibly some cake with friend. The cafe which is outside the manned entrance box was closed so we had a short visit to the shop which was alongside the closed cafe. We went to manned entrance box and asked if we could get... More 

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Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

I am sorry that on the day you visited the Coffee House was closed and you were not able to get coffee and cake without coming into the grounds of the castle. As the gardens themselves are an attraction with many visitor paying to come to the gardens alone it is not possible to allow visitors in for free to... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful gardens just a shame the maze was closed for maintenance the day we went. Beautiful day we were there and with lovely walks too.

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Cawd0r, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and I am pleased you enjoyed the gardens. More 

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