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Floors Castle - History of the castle

Floors Castle was designed by leading Edinburgh architect William Adam for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721.  Built on the site of an existing building called the House of Floris, Floors was originally a plain but symmetrical Georgian country house.

The 6th Duke invited leading architect, William Playfair to remodel the Castle between 1837 and 1847. Floors was Playfair’s most important private commission and he was determined to create a fairytale castle. The result, the building seen today, was as dramatic and as romantic as anything he could have hoped for.

In the early part of the 20th Century the 8th Duke’s marriage to May Goelet, a beautiful young American heiress, brought to Floors her outstanding collection of fine art, furniture and porcelain. Several of the rooms were altered in the 1930’s including the Drawing Room and Ballroom which were refitted to display the set of Brussels tapestries and the Gobelins tapestries.

The current Duke and Duchess undertake the huge responsibility of maintaining and protecting the treasures to ensure that they can be enjoyed by future generations. In 2010 the installation of a biomass boiler providing a source of renewable heat energy marked the next page in the history of Floors Castle.


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Festive Tasting Day

Festive Tasting Day
Wednesday 2nd December 10am-4pm You are invited to our Christmas Food to Go tasting day at the Terrace Cafe on Wednesday 2nd December 10am - 4pm. Join us anytime throughout the day and taste the Castle Kitchen made cake, shortbreads, mince pies, tablet, chutneys and lots lots more! Festive Tasting Day

Visit our Terrace cafe

Visit our Terrace cafe
Delicious Castle made food served here! Whether you fancy a delicious latté and a home made scone or lunch with friends where you can indulge yourself with dishes like our famous fishcakes or kedgeree, you will always find a tasty menu with something for all ages and tastes.. Check out our wonderful seasonal menus and treat yourself to some of the finest food Scotland has to offer. The Terrace Cafe, Deli and Gift shop is open daily all year round. Read more

Christmas Hampers

Christmas Hampers
The perfect Christmas gift Create your own bespoke hamper filled with your choice of fine Castle made food and gifts from the Terrace Café Gift Shop or select from a range of ready made hampers.The perfect Christmas gift - for the teacher, for the man in your life, for chocolate lover's or for those that like the classic Floors fine foods. Order your Hamper now

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers
The perfect Christmas gift Floors Castle monetary gift vouchers. A great gift idea and can be used for Castle, Grounds, Gardens tickets or in our Cafe's for a delicious coffee morning treat or a relaxed luncheon. Pop in to our Terrace Cafe to buy your voucher gift or call 01573 223 333 to have them sent to you. Terrace Cafe open daily. . Gift Vouchers