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Edzell Castle

Edzell DD9 7UE, Scotland
+44 1356 648631
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Edzell
Type: Castles
Owner description: Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid pleasing green parkland, conjure up an image of a noble bygone age. Medieval... more » Owner description: Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid pleasing green parkland, conjure up an image of a noble bygone age. Medieval society was not all fighting and feuding. Everyday lordly life in late-medieval rural Scotland is more readily understood at Edzell than at most castles.Edzell was home to the Lindsays. When they acquired the estate in 1358, the lordly seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new castle a short distance away – the one we admire today. The ‘icing on the cake’ of their new residence was the wonderful ‘great garden’, added in 1604. « less
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Anchorage
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82 reviews 82 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The renovations on the castle detract a bit from the ambience, but that is likely a temporary concern. Much easier to access than other nearby castles and provides a good feel for how the structures may have been originally occupied. Definitely worth the stop, especially for those that may have mobile impairment.

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Scotland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The main reason to visit Edzell Castle is the unique (certainly in Scotland, perhaps in the UK) walled garden. The planting is nothing out of the ordinary, but the design has come straight from 1600 through a 20th century restoration. The highlights are (a) the carved wall panels on three of the walls and (b) the summerhouse in the SE... More

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Dalmellington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Nice castle ruins with interesting gardens - Enjoyed exploring the castle and grounds on a fine sunny day. The area around the castle is grass so recommend a dry day. Interesting artifacts.We all enjoyed it. Toilets available, Water also on sale.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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235 reviews 235 reviews
55 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

It does it look to much but stop, read and listen to the guide. A fascinating place and some of the stonework reminded me of themes at Rosslyn Chapel. Terribly impressed bytes the welcome and how much was explained even though I had nor bought a guide book. Well worth a visity

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Great ruin, gardens are undergoing repair currently so not looking as good as they can. Well worth a visit.

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N. Ireland
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33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful red stone castle ruin with a beautiful walled garden and summer house. One can enter the tower of the castle and see three floors worth of history. A joy to spend an hour at and the guide book is worth buying! No cafe and very little in way of a shop, but clean toilets and enthuasistic staff. Entrance... More

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edinburgh
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51 reviews 51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Great old place to see amazing large fireplaces you can stand in! Go on up to the cemetery. All the local churches are open and are worth popping in to see.

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Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Beautiful traditional gardens, well informed guide (Fiona), well kept grounds. Would have been nice to have a coffee or tea after our walk out to the castle.

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Aberdeen
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We visited this place when it was closed. Amazingly, they try to charge for entering this unimpressive ruin. Go to the nearby Glamis Castle or the Caterans for an iron-age experience. Village of Edzell is quite nice and the Rocks of Solitude are a wonder!

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

A fascinating place to visit with a wonderful feel to the ruins and a very pleasant garden to while away time in. The lady in the shop was very helpful. Enjoyed a lovely drive up the Glen to see an even smaller tower house near Loch Lee.

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