Brodie Castle – Don’t Miss This Quirky Castle and Fab Play Area

Thinking of visiting Brodie Castle?

You should because it really is a lovely spot.

With lovely grounds to walk in, a quirky castle, cute cafe and a fabulous play area what’s not to like?

Check out this guide for all you need to know

Brodie Castle Location

Brodie Castle is located just off the A96.

The castle is accessed by following the signs off the A96 for Brodie Castle which is not the same place as Brodie Countryfare. Brodie Countryfare is an upmarket shop and delicatessen and cafe. It is worth a visit.

If you follow the signs for the castle you turn off the A96 and travel around half mile down to a small crossroads. Cross straight over and you will see the entry signs to Brodie Castle. 

On the driveway you will pass a standing stone on the left and then come into the parking area.

Brodie Castle Parking

Parking is 3 pounds per car. There are parking meters which take coins and contactless payment. When we visited the contactless payment option wasnt working.

There is some parking areas under the trees which is good for keeping cars cooler.

There is a toilet block in the car park area. There are Ladies and Gents. These are referred to as Laddies for the Gents and Lassies for the Ladies. 

The toilets are open and entry is restricted to one household at a time. There is a hand sanitiser just outside the toilet block.

There is a short path that leads towards the castle.

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Visiting Brodie Castle

During our visit the castle was closed to visitors.

If you want to visit Brodie Castle you can join a guided tour. You pay and meet your guide at the entrance of the castle. The tour starts on the ground floor and works it way up through the house. Given the age of the house there are a number of steps and stairs to deal with.

The house has an interesting story and there is some lovely decor and objects to admire. One of my favourite rooms at Brodie Castle is the nursery which has super cute little playrooms in the tiny turrets in the corners of the room.

Facilities at Brodie Castle

There is a gift shop at Brodie which has a nice range of items. 

Once you have passed through the gift shop you come to the cafe which has seating outside as well. The ice cream is very nice!

There are additonal toilets close to the cafe and sitting outside on the terrace is very pleasant.

Just across from the cafe terrace is an adventure playground area.

To the side of the cafe and the terrace is a nice lawned area which is ideal for picnics or for children to have a run around.

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Brodie Castle Lake

Leading from Brodie Castle is an avenue which leads down to a lake. It is great to see that the grass has been left from being cut along the side of this avenue which has allowed for flowers to grow. The short walk from the castle leads down the avenue and after crossing a road you cross through a gate to the edge of the lake. There is a pleasant bench which is a good spot to see the ducks, coots and swans.

There is also a bird watching hide along the edge of the lake too. There are some pleasant walks through the woods and around the edge of the lake.

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The Playful Garden

If you are visiting Brodie Castle don’t miss visiting the Playful Garden. When working as a Tour Manager I have taken my groups into the Playful Garden and we had great fun trying out some of the play equipment. It is one of the best play areas I have seen. There are toilets, a shop and a small cafe there as well. 

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Brodie Castle Prices

  • Entry is £11.00 per adult, £6.50 per child
  • The Playful Garden costs £5.00 per person regardless of age to enter
  • Parking is £3.00 per car

National Trust Membership

If you want to visit Brodie Castle multiple times or you plan on visiting other National Trust for Scotland properties then why not consider a membership?

An adult membership which gives unlimited visits to National Trust for Scotland properties and free parking is just £63.00 per person per year.

For those over 60 years of age membership is £55.80 per person per year.

For those 16-24 membership is £36.00 per person per year.

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