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Craigievar Castle

  • Alford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 9+
  • Castles and Palaces

Attraction Information

The Craigievar Castle is a fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, seems on first glance to have grown naturally out of the rolling hills themselves and is a fantastic stop with imaginative kids. The great tower stands just as it did when completed in 1626 so there's a real sense of authenticity about its atmosphere too.

The castle is great for exploring and you can discover a fine collection of family portraits and original plaster ceilings to crane your neck viewing. There is also much original Jacobean woodwork and some beautiful furniture, including the 'Craigievar table'. There's a children's quiz and family trail also available to help keep the smalls involved and interested, as largely it's a fairly dry and educational affair - though fascinating to those interested in history and architecture.

Surrounding the castle are extensive parkland grounds with 2 way marked walks of differing lengths which are a great way to see the castle's exterior from all angles and really take some great photos. There is also a small Victorian kitchen garden and a Scottish glen garden to explore and learn about, with the kitchen plot being particularly fragrant and sensory.

Opening hours

Castle Visits
1st April - 30th June:
Friday to Tuesday 10:30 - 17:00 
1st July - 30th September: Monday - Sunday 10:30 - 17:00  
1st October - 30th March: Closed

Grounds open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Last Entry



Adults (16+): £13.00 
Kids (5-16): £9.50
Seniors (60+): £9.50
Family (2 adults + up to 4 children ): £30
One parent family (up to 4 children): £24 

Travel & Contact Information


, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JF, Scotland

Phone number

01339 883 635



Click here to visit Craigievar Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Craigievar Castle has not told us about their parking.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Craigievar Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

No, Craigievar Castle is not wheelchair friendly.

Please note that there are narrow, steep, stone, spiral staircases in the castle

No, Craigievar Castle have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Craigievar Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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