Glamis Castle


Glamis, by Forfar, Angus, DD8 1RJ

    Glamis Castle is a living, breathing monument to Scottish heritage, hospitality and enjoyment for all.

    The family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Glamis Castle is the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret.

    As soon as you enter the Queen Mother Gates at Glamis and see the Castle's turrets and towers nestled at the end of the mile-long drive, you can't fail to be impressed by its majesty.

    Steeped in history, Glamis Castle has evolved over the years to create a stunning architectural treasure that is full of vitality to this day.

    Once inside, every room has its own story and the evolution of the castle and its legendary tales and secrets are brought to life by your own enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides.

    Every painting, every piece of furniture, every little detail along the way is a sharp reminder that this is not a museum but an incredible family home that has witnessed everything from Royal births to being the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    The gardens surrounding Glamis Castle are beautiful all year round. Walks have been created to take in a mixture of habitats ranging from park land and policies in the immediate vicinity of the castle to the formal Italian Garden, mixed woodland and Pinetum to the North East. At Glamis you have the opportunity to see a wide variety of flora & fauna.

    Walks include:

    The Italian Garden Walk (approximately 25 minutes)
    The Nature Trail Walk (approximately 25 minutes)
    The Pinetum Walk (approximately 30 minutes)
    The River Dean Walk (approximately 15 minutes)

    2015 opening times


    3rd April – 31 Oct 2015 daily.

    10am  to 5.30 pm (last tour 4.30pm)



    Winter Opening

    1st Nov – 20th Dec.

    Saturday and Sunday only

    11am – 4pm (last tour 3pm)

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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    3 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

    Daily from 3rd April till 31st October 2015 - 10am to 5.30pm (last tour at 4.30pm) Outwith these dates - group bookings are available by appointment
    2015 opening times

    3rd April – 31 Oct 2015 daily.
    10am to 5.30 pm (last tour 4.30pm)

    Winter Opening
    1st Nov – 20th Dec.
    Saturday and Sunday only
    11am – 4pm (last tour 3pm)

    31st March - 31st October from 10.00am - 6.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)
    1st November - 31st December from 10.30am - 4.30pm (last admission 3.00pm)


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Kiosk/ Shop
    • Lunch Available
    • Restaurant
    • Self Service
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Payphones Available
    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Cycle Rack
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • ASVA Member
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area


    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Luxury Venue
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Romantic Location
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Road Directions

    Glamis Castle is situated just off the A94, 6 miles West of Forfar

    From Dundee - 12 miles North (A90,A94)      

    Perth - 25 miles East. (A94)
    From Edinburgh - 68 miles North East (M90, A94)
    From Glasgow - 84 miles North East (M80, M9, A9, A94)
    From Aberdeen - 55 miles South (A90, A94)

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    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by public bus: - The nearest bus station is Dundee which is 12 miles from Glamis.  The 20 or 20c Stagecoach bus will take passengers from/to Dundee to/from Forfar.  From Forfar the local bus service (JP Coaches) will take passengers to/from Glamis Village/Glamis Castle.  Please note on Sundays the Stagecoach bus (20 or 20c) provide the service through to/from Glamis Village/Glamis Castle. 

    Getting there by railway:- Glamis Castle is situated just off the A94, 6 miles west of Forfar. 12 miles north from Dundee Station.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- The nearest airport is Dundee which is 12 miles. Edinburgh airport is 68 miles and Glasgow airport is 84 miles. Aberdeen airport is just 58 miles.

    Getting there by ferry:- Cairnryan is 170 miles south west of Glamis Castle.
    Newcastle International Ferry Terminal, 200 miles south.


    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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