The Royal School of Butlers

In 2015 Grant Harrold, The Royal Butler, partnered with world-renowned Blenheim Palace, Home of The Dukes of Marlborough, to offer the chance to train as a qualified butler for corporate, domestic or commercial environments. In 2017 Grant introduced his Butler School in Scotland, and at the time it was the only opportunity to experience this unique service in Scotland. 


Throughout the year we run our one-week butler courses at our truly unique venues which include, Blenheim Palace, Thornbury Castle, Borthwick Castle and Gilmerton House. We also run 10 days, 4 days and  1 -day courses throughout the year, these can be requested via the form below.


Please see the dates below with costings for our 2019 dates. 


We also run Hospitality Courses exclusively for hotels, restaurants and private venues, and these can also be requested by our form below. Additionally, these courses can be taken at your own establishment within the UK or overseas. 


Combining the position of Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina as the patron of the School with the knowledge of The Royal Butler, Grant Harrold, who has been described as one of the United Kingdom's leading etiquette experts and Butler trainer. We work with some of the country's best-known recruitment specialists. The one-week course is unique in the quality of training it offers and the facilities in which you learn. Candidates will train in the role of a modern-day butler, with duties including housekeeping, valeting, car valeting and light cooking.


Our next 4-day course will run on the following dates:  



  • 19th - 22nd November at Thornbury Castle- Cost: £1,750.00 


Our courses give candidates the perfect opportunity to kick-start a career in this unique profession.


Please complete the form with details of the course you are interested in. We will send you the information on the course with terms and conditions and payment details. 


Visit the Blenheim Palace website for further details of our courses:


We now recruit Butlers for our new exclusive Butler Recruitment Agency. Please contact us now with your details and CV to arrange an interview at -

"The course was very instructive and experiential in its approach. A great few days learning the art of true service from the former royal butler. Grant's many years of experience was clearly evident throughout the course. I would recommend 100%."

D.Sleeman (Luxury marketing teacher, Switzerland).

"Grant I would like to thank you especially for  your initial guidance and for making the week so much fun. I can’t ever recall attending a  course where I have laughed so much your sense of humour is infectious. You’re such a great expert  tutor and long may you continue to have a hands on role at Nicholas Veitch."


P.Wooles (Freelance Conservator and Butler).