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“It's okay - a bit disappointed but had some nice bits to it”
Review of Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle
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Shore Excursion - Invergordon - Loch Ness and...
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Nairn
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Um, we went here on the premise that it was a fairytale castle - its beautiful to look at and the gardens are nice (although not as well kept as National Trust/Historic Scotland properties). The castle is nice inside, the rooms are very nice but there isnt much else to say really. There wasnt lots about the history of the castle as it is a family home, but overall we had a nice stay.

We didnt pay the full price as one of our children was free, but it was over £25 for two adults and one child, I think this is a bit steep really as it didnt really match with the quality of other castles we have been to. The gift shops were nice. We had a coffee, a cup of tea, two J2Os and two cakes in the cafe which came to about £17 - wished we had had the soup really, but never mind. There is a picnic area for those who were better prepared than us. There is also a putting green, but I think you had to pay separately for this.

Toilets were clean and were in the castle by the cafe. There is also a bridge that lead to a wood and river, but we didnt explore this too much as the kids were hungry. A maze was here - which my children were very excited about, but unfortunately it was shut for cutting which was a real shame. There were a few nice elements of the garden, but overall Im glad we only had to pay for one child.

A nice castle and grounds, but not one that bowled me over! Didnt see much mention of MacBeth anywhere either. Plus loads of signs saying "NO RUCKSACKS in the castle - please leave them in your car"

Thank juddles1
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Cawdor Castle the current residence of the Dowager Countess of Cawdor, a local aristocrat, is flanked by large gardens on both the left and right side. In the summer the live-in Countess is over at her nearby estate so the castle is open for visits. Our Heritage Card got us in free the day we visited. It was a neat feeling to walk through rooms that the Countess uses currently, rather than a recreation of the way things were in the past. All the ropes and walkway coverings are removed before the Countess returns. In the Slate Garden on the left side of the castle as you are facing it is a very impressive water fountain (see photo) The ball representing the sun is made of pieces of old slate when the castle was reroofed in 2009. The dish under the ball is made from lead removed in the 2009 reroofing project and represents earth.

1  Thank Joe-SVL
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

over priced entry for a quick unguided walk through. Cafe prices and range not the best either, especially for kids.
maze was closed which was disappointing, kids would have probably like that.
one member of staff in gift shop upset my 4 yr old son saying he could not have a toy sword while i was fetching my purse to get it for him only to return to him in tears.
will not be returning ever.

2  Thank bahep75
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

The castle is amazing. The two garden areas are spectacular and you should allow half the day to take the time to explore it all. Nice shop, café, and very nice staff.

Thank Max H
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

My boyfriend and I visited Cawdor Castle on Saturday 26th July. With my student card, it cost us £19. From the time we bought our ticket (12:13) to the time we exited the 'castle' (12:48) we managed to read the cards in every room, stop for two photos, visit the maze - which was closed, and headed to the main reception to complain.

I'm sorry, but if I'm paying almost £10 each I think that there should at least be some information about the family who lives there, why the castle was built, and information about more than just the furniture in the rooms. To put this in perspective... the Tower of London costs £20. This gives you a FULL days worth of activities, including the fact that you get a 60 minute free tour, get to see the crown jewels, get to walk the walls, & that's not to mention all the history that has happened there... for £10 each we got 15 minutes of sub standard information about some furniture.

I would highly recommend skipping this and going to visit some of the castles around Loch Ness instead.

4  Thank miraclepie
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