Brodie Castle
Brodie Castle
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Acres of gentle Moray countryside surround the rose-coloured Brodie Castle, ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years, although their family seat has been here since the 12th century. See how changing times altered the castle’s shape and purpose. The impenetrable 16th-century guard chamber is flanked on one side by a cosy 17th-century wing and on the other by a sprawling Victorian extension. The castle houses a magnificent collection of furniture, ceramics and artwork, including works by 17th-century Dutch masters and 20th-century Scottish Colourists. It also boasts an impressive library containing over 6,000 volumes. The Playful Garden at Brodie Castle is full of excitement for all the family. Located near to the castle, it explores the Brodie family history in a novel and fun-filled way.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Carly B
    3 contributions
    Family friendly, warm and welcoming
    Absolutely wonderful visit with our 4 and 6 year old who were fascinated. Our guide (Nicola) was absolutely fantastic and overrun by half an hour! Could have listened to her for hours! Beautiful family feel to the castle with wonderful history and beautiful grounds. Kids are very well thought of with the wonderful outside play areas that we actually went back to another day!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 April 2023
  • DadandCab
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,202 contributions
    Picturesque from outside, interesting inside
    We stayed near this castle and visited twice, once to look about the gardens, and the second to visit the castle itself. The castle has the feel of having just been vacated with depressions in the library seat cushions as if someone has just got up and left the room. The guided small group took about an hour to traverse the house. We weren’t allowed in on our own. This was plenty of time to look about and ask questions. No photos were allowed. Of particular note were the Playful Gardens with tunnels, mirrors, musical instruments, sound experiments and a huge rabbit to play on, a great time for young and old. Recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Damien O
    Blairgowrie, United Kingdom40 contributions
    Not to be missed
    What a charming property. Beautiful grounds and a lovely garden for children called The Playful Garden, which was also entertaining for us. There’s a wildflower meadow which was a delight and so nice to see the bees etc buzzing around. There are two cafes and two gift shops. You have to book a tour to go into the castle and this was very interesting, our guide Rachel was so knowledgable and engaging, would highly recommend booking the tour. All in all we had a fab visit and would visit again.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Ian T
    Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom134 contributions
    Brodie visit
    Been staying in this area seeing numerous castles. Brodie is well worth the visit. Booked guided tour in advance and had a well informed guide take us around. History in every room and family stories to boot. National Trust property so pay for car park etc unless you are a member. Recommend a visit. Be prepared for stairs of all shapes and sizes.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Anthony
    203 contributions
    Disappointing
    Historic NTS property which disappointed. Only guided tours possible (which can be fully booked on busy days) and inside there are only two rooms with visiting, one with a spectacular 17c ceiling thT is kept dark for conservation reasons and the charming library where the condition of the disintegrating leather bindings is distressing. It is not cheap and we were charged for visiting the ‘playful garden’ which is really not worth seeing unless you are with kids. The cafe is just a coffee and tea shop with a few bought in cakes and the shop is also disappointing. Cawdor Castle nearby is much more interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 July 2023
  • dsm68
    Glasgow, United Kingdom126 contributions
    A good day out.
    It helps if it ain’t raining but even so it’s a great day out. The parking is easy, the play area and garden walks are well kept and lovely. Best to take a packed lunch as the food is basic but looks ok and since it’s a captive audience it’s overpriced. The castle tour is informative and well worth an hr of your life. Plenty to hear and see. The guide was excellent and the place is great and well kept.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Simon B
    Leicester, United Kingdom38 contributions
    Rachel - legend
    Visited with my wife and daughter. Your ticket also gives access to the playful garden, which is well worth a look, especially if you have small children. entrance to the castle is by guided tour only. Our guide was Rachel, who had a fascinating knowledge of the castle and Brodie family (the former owners). The castle tour takes approximately 1 and a quarter hours. You are then at liberty to enjoy the gardens, the tea rooms and gift shop, a great way to spend 3-4 hours
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • J. S
    Grimsby, United Kingdom87 contributions
    Worth a look, good for children.
    Worth a visit but we got there late in the day and just missed the last tour of the castle. Grounds were free to walk but pay to park up. The playful garden was £5 entry and got round it in 15 minutes. Wild flowers looked lovely on the outskirts and impressed with the variety of vegetables growing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • CarolineWR
    275 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit
    Beautiful typical Aberdeenshire castle with 12c fortified tower absorbed into Jacobean extensions. Some lovely furnished rooms (a particularly stunning library), excellent art & lots of interesting history. No photos inside (shame, National Trust) & guided tours only. Our guide, Jamie, was charming & very knowledgeable, particularly about the art, but you don't get that "exploring" feeling of a "free flow" property. Well done, National Trust for Scotland, for having seats in all rooms for those of us liking a rest occasionally (I do with National Trust England would do this!) No garden as such, just a play area. Waited 20 minutes for 2 coffees in the tea room - not enough staff as usual, National Trust!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Beth097
    Isle of Skye, United Kingdom53 contributions
    Bring back unguided tours!.
    Myself and my husband visited Brodie Castle we have visited several times! We are disappointed that the unguided tours aren't available like other National Trust Houses/Castles. Our tour went well over allocated time and to be honest became unfortunately tedious. We would think again about making another visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
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Emma B
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
My partner and I recently came for the ivory exhibit and tour and had a great time. The castle is full of interesting history and our tour guide Jamie was great- he gave a very nuanced talk that was humourous informative and thought provoking. Thanks to the team and we will be visiting again!
Written 21 February 2024
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Sarah B
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Fabulous day thoroughly enjoyed it and the children loved everything about it !
We had a picnic and stayed all day beautiful gardens and very friendly staff
Written 27 October 2023
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK577 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
Stunning castle lived in by a very interesting family.

The guided tour was excellent and delivered with genuine passion. The rooms are displayed as if the place was still lived in with many personal items from the family in situ.

Lovely grounds, tea rooms, childrens' play area and toilets.
Written 26 October 2023
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geismom
Sinking Spring, PA1,815 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We arrived to learn that we needed to schedule a personal tour in order to see the interior of the castle. No photos inside permitted. Rachel was our tour guide, and despite having a rather large group, she managed to embrace everyone's attention with her enthusiasm and detailed explanations pertaining to various items in the house, as well as the family history.
We were able to tour most of the interior. It does involve a lot of steps, so be sure to keep that in mind should you be interested in going through the castle. We found the history to be fascinating and were quite enthralled throughout the entirety of the tour.
There are some lovely grounds to walk, which apparently have 400 varieties of daffodils that bloom in the spring. A Pictish Stone stands on the grounds near the entrance drive.
The castle has two cafes. The one on the ground floor of the castle has pastries to enjoy with a cuppa, if you desire. There are picnic tables outside to enjoy whatever you choose.
Written 19 October 2023
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Beth097
Isle of Skye, UK53 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Myself and my husband visited Brodie Castle we have visited several times! We are disappointed that the unguided tours aren't available like other National Trust Houses/Castles. Our tour went well over allocated time and to be honest became unfortunately tedious. We would think again about making another visit!
Written 1 October 2023
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CarolineWR
U.K.275 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful typical Aberdeenshire castle with 12c fortified tower absorbed into Jacobean extensions. Some lovely furnished rooms (a particularly stunning library), excellent art & lots of interesting history. No photos inside (shame, National Trust) & guided tours only. Our guide, Jamie, was charming & very knowledgeable, particularly about the art, but you don't get that "exploring" feeling of a "free flow" property. Well done, National Trust for Scotland, for having seats in all rooms for those of us liking a rest occasionally (I do with National Trust England would do this!) No garden as such, just a play area. Waited 20 minutes for 2 coffees in the tea room - not enough staff as usual, National Trust!
Written 1 September 2023
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J. S
Grimsby, UK87 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Worth a visit but we got there late in the day and just missed the last tour of the castle. Grounds were free to walk but pay to park up. The playful garden was £5 entry and got round it in 15 minutes. Wild flowers looked lovely on the outskirts and impressed with the variety of vegetables growing.
Written 30 August 2023
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Phillip H
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Excellent. Had an excellent tour around the castle by Jamie (historian) with added humour I might add. A must for all visitors. The grounds are lovely the cafe and staff are all very welcoming.
Written 28 August 2023
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Megan.C
Barnsley, UK18 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Lovely tour of Castle, disappointing that not all rooms are available to look round, with no chance of browsing at leasure, following a tour guide who was very knowledgeable but would have like to look around at our own pace.
Lovely little park for children... didn't go around grounds but beautiful place and surroundings
Written 24 August 2023
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Brian L
Inverness, UK19 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit however we felt that the walks around the lake needed better signposting as there are a couple of paths which lead you away from the lake instead of going around it.
Written 24 August 2023
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