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The Castle of Mey and Animal Centre

  • Mey
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Children's Farms

Attraction Information

The Castle of Mey was the property of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996, when Her Majesty generously gifted it with an endowment to the Trust.

The castle itself is fascinatingly developed and decorated, with informative guides and historical markers leading the way. The gardens are equally impressive and make for excellent photo opportunities.

The new Animal Centre is based in the old granary and is enjoyed by children and adults alike. The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere gives them the opportunity to see animals well cared for in a happy environment. Visitors can have hands-on, supervised contact with some of the animals, providing an enjoyable and educational visit.

Opening hours

The Castle

May through September

Monday to Sunday 10:20 - last entry 16:00

The Visitor Centre, Tearoom, Shop, Grounds and Animal Centre

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


Adult: £11

Children: £6.50

Under 5s: Free

Family: £29

Travel & Contact Information


Thurso, Mey, The Highlands, KW14 8XH, Scotland

Phone number

01847 851473



Click here to visit The Castle of Mey and Animal Centre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, The Castle of Mey and Animal Centre is not wheelchair friendly.

No, The Castle of Mey and Animal Centre have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

The Castle of Mey and Animal Centre has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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