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Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle


Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne for over 650 years.

The thanage of Glamis was granted to Sir John Lyon by King Robert II in 1372 for services to the crown and four years later, Sir John married the King’s daughter, Princess Johanna Stewart. At the time there was a royal hunting lodge on the site at Glamis.

The castle as we know it today was built in the 1400s, with many alterations and additions over the centuries. Glamis has been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the birthplace of HRH The Princess Margaret, aunt to HM King Charles III.

Tours of the castle are guided, and you will hear tales of historical figures who have passed through the doors: Mary, Queen of Scots, James V of Scotland, “Bonnie Dundee” and the “Old Pretender” to the throne, James VIII, as well as some family members, such as the ill-fated Janet Douglas and the heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes.

The Restaurant is situated in the magnificent old Castle Kitchens with the 19th century ovens, stoves and copper pans carefully preserved. The self-service, licensed restaurant serves morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are brought from the gardens when available, and game is provided by the estate when in season.

The team at Glamis look forward to welcoming you to the castle, gardens and grounds.

Opening Times:
Castle, Gardens, Shop and Restaurant:

16 March to 31 October 2024
Monday to Sunday – 10am to 5pm

Entry Fee – 2024

Adult – £17.50 (Castle, Gardens and Grounds)

Child (5-16 years) – £11 (Castle, Gardens and Grounds)


ParkingAccessible parking drop-offAccessible toiletsWiFi availableBike racks

Glamis Castle




Dog Friendly

Dog Friendly

We encourage dog walking, on leads, around the grounds and gardens.

Fresh water bowls are supplied for our K9 friends daily.

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