Find Scotland Tours that visit Brodick Castle
|Address:||Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY|
|Operated by:||National Trust for Scotland|
|Opening Hours:||Castle opening times in 2018 are 1 July - 31 Aug: Daily: 11am - 4pm |
1 Sep to 31 Oct: Daily: 11am - 3pm
Gardens, Park & Tearoom are open from April until end of October
|Admission:||Adult £12.50, Family £29.50, Concession £9|
|Languages:||Information leaflets available in several languages|
|Toilets:||Yes, also disabled toilets|
Brodick Castle grounds will open in 2017, but the castle will not be open for tours of teh interior due to restoration work. Guided external tours of the castle will be available from April to October.
The castle is believed to have been built on the site of a Viking fortress and some parts of the structure may date back to the 13th century. The oldest parts that can be dated with certainty date from the late 1500’s, but the majority of the building is of a quite luxurious 1800’s design. The contents are magnificent and include superb silver, porcelain, paintings and lots of stuffed animals. It was the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, and was the home of the Duke and Duchess of Montrose until 1957.
The tour takes you from the entrance hall upstairs to then pass through as series of luxuriously appointed rooms, before descending another flight of stairs to the kitchens and servants quarters. Guides are on hand in all the rooms to answer your questions,and to make sure you don't steal anything.
The woodland garden is home to an internationally acclaimed rhododendron collection. The walled garden dating from 1710 has been restored to recreate its Victorian appearance. There are several marked paths through the grounds and there is a small adventure playground that will entertain the children. Try to find the Bavarian Summerhouse in the woods, it has an unusual pine cone decorated interior.
Keep a look out for red squirrels in the woodlands behind the Countryside Ranger’s Office. If you like the squirrels you might also enjoy the amazingly tame little birds that will join you for tea and cakes on the tables outside the castle’s café.
PLEASE NOTE: Photography is not allowed inside the castle.