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The Castle and Gardens of Mey
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Thurso
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Owner description: Opening times for The Castle and Gardens of Mey in 2017 will be from 17th May to 30th September inclusive, but will be closed from 28th July to 9th August inclusive. Please check our website for updates.
Reviewed 20 September 2013

to see where the Queen Mum stayed and her things she loved still in their place was amazing. the walled garden was lovely , but we never saw too much as the weather was terrible.

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

I had long wanted to visit the castle and gardens and wasn't disappointed. The tour of the Castle was most enjoyable with a knowledgeable guide. We had lovely weather so could enjoy the beautiful gardens. We had both coffee then lunch in the cafe. The food, service and surroundings were all commendable.

Thank irf20
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Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

Tried to visit a couple of years ago but only open May till September . It should definately be on list of places to visit if in North of Scotland. The castle is not huge but homely down to the Queen Mothers rented TV ( she apparently did not see sense in buying as she wasnot there all year). The new visitor centre has been blended in well with rest yet has a lovely modern interior. Prices in restaurant/cafe are on on a par with others in area. Cream tea 2scones cream and jam with coffee £6.75 but worth it. There is a barn with animals and a spinning demo which was really interesting. The gardens would undoubtedly be more spectacular earlier in year and in better weather than we had.

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

For 10 pounds you get access to the castle and gardens. The gardens are cute and since they are walled they can be quite warm on a sunny day since the wind is kept out. Gardens aren't really my thing and I prefer more historic castles. I also don't have a huge interest in the royal family. If you like gardens, have an interest in the royal family, and/or modern castles/estates that you may really enjoy this.

This was the Queen Mother's summer home. She came here most Augusts and Octobers from 1955 til her death. She stayed with neighbours nearby in the early 1950s, loved the area and found this castle which was in disrepair. She bought it and restored it, including adding water and electricity. The castle stands now as it was during the lifetime of the Queen Mother. There is a lot of personal details and touches, which can make this seem like a very intimate experience.

The docents are all very nice and full of information. There are also a few guided tours each day for free. I went on my own but the docents were more than eager to point out key features and room uses, as well as personal items of the Queen Mother's. Some even worked in the Castle's household when it served the Queen Mother.

There is also a lovely visitors centre with toilets and tea room.

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

A charming and interesting place to visit, carefully preserved as in the days of the late Queen Mother. Staff are welcoming and helpful, the visitor centre, cafe and adjoining facilities are first class, and other venues could learn from them.

The walled garden is probably the highlight, with its high hedges, roses, sweet peas and primulas. Very much a working garden with plenty of fruit and veg in evidence. The setting of the whole castle is exceptional too, with gorgeous views to Dunnet Head and the Orkney Isles.

The tour of the caste was enjoyable and informative, though for my taste slightly over-detailed. I would have preferred more information on the building itself and it pre-royal history. It would be worth stating when buying the tickets how long the tour takes to prepare people on a tight schedule. Also it would help to be clearer whether the gardens can be visited free or at a lower price without taking the tour.

Thank hwylasbri
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