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Drummond has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden.

It is a composite garden, restructured in early Victorian times and renewed again in the 20th century when the garden framework and the exceptional interest of the original 19th century design were carefully preserved.

Drummond Castle was built on a rocky outcrop by John, 1st Lord Drummond around 1490. The 2nd Earl, a Privy Councillor to James VI and Charles I, succeeded in 1612 and is credited with transforming both the gardens and the castle between 1630-1636. The keep still stands but the rest of the castle was restored and largely remodelled by the 1st Earl of Ancaster in 1890.

After the Second World War, with a reduced workforce, the decision was taken to simplify the garden. This bold step was taken by Phyllis Astor, wife of the 3rd Earl of Ancaster.

A start was made to clear some of the ground, respecting significant features. Amongst these were the ancient yew hedges at either end of the terracing and paths, magnificent individual yews and the two copper beech trees planted by Queen Victoria to commemorate her visit.

In 1978, the family formed the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust to maintain the castle buildings, gardens and surrounding park for the benefit of future generations.

Today’s opening hours

1st May to 31st October – daily 1pm – 6pm

June, July & August 11am – 6pm

Gardens only

September & October 1pm – 6pm

Last admission 5pm. Exit gates close at 6pm


Gardens only.

Easter Weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday): 1-6pm

1st May to 31st October – daily 1pm – 6pm

June, July & August 11am – 6pm

September & October 1pm – 6pm

Last admission 5pm. Exit gates close at 6pm.

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We have found that the most helpful postcode to use for SAT NAV equipment is PH7 4HN.

Coach drivers should note that they must follow the signs directing coaches to a different entrance gate. The main gates are noit suitable for coaches.



Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £6.00
Superadult:  £5.50
Child: £2.00
Family (2+3): £14.00

Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome to visit the gardens. It is advisable to pre-book your visit, especially if you are arriving by coach, as coach parking space is limited and you will need to use our special entrance.

We can also help with directions. The group rate of £5 per person will apply to groups of 15+ people.

Driver and courier will be admitted free of charge.

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