The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Glamis Castle

Glamis castle offers a real flavour of Scottish History. It has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372, and was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The mile long drive through the park, landscaped in the style of Capability Brown, offers breathtaking views of the Castle. Glamis has three formal gardens, The Dutch Garden, The Walled and the Italian Garden.

The walled garden, formally the kitchen garden has recently undergone a major redevelopment with new flower beds being planted and the installation of a spectacular fountain. The beautiful Italian Garden, to the east of the castle, laid out by Countess Cecilia, c.1910 and bounded by yew hedges, offers quiet seclusion with wonderful views of the castle.

Walking eastwards you enter The Pinetum. This area, planted by the 13th Earl in 1864, has a variety of exotic trees, many of which are conifers native to North America. Following difficulties in maintaining the Pinetum for some years, the 18th Earl commenced a programme of replanting and restoration.

Fact File

Opening Times: Daily from 1st April to 29th October. 11.00am till 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Admission Rates: Castle, Gardens and Grounds, Adults £12.50, Senior & Students £10.50, Children (5 to 16 years) £9.00, Under 5’s Free. Family (2 Ad + max 3 Ch) £40.00
Gardens and Grounds only: Adults £7.50, Senior & Students £6.50, Children (5 to 16 years) £6.00, Under 5’s Free.
Groups: Castle, Gardens and Grounds, Adults £9.50, Senior & Students £9.50, Children (5 to16 years) £7.00
Facilities: Shop, Tea Room.
Disabled Access: Yes for Gardens. However because of the architecture and extreme age of the building the Castle tour has limited access and no wheel chair access.
Coach and Car Park: Yes
Booking Contact: The Castle Office, Glamis Castle, Glamis, Angus Scotland DD8 1RJ
Tel: 01307 840 393
Web Site:
Location: 15 miles north from Dundee (A90) (A928) 25 miles east of Perth (A90)

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