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Edzell Castle

Address: Edzell, Brechin DD9 7UE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1356 648631
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Edzell
Type: Castles, Cultural
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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.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

As we entered the grounds to this enchanting castle we passed a large white buddleia plant smothered in many different butterflies. It was fascinating wandering around the ruins of this impressive castle but breathtaking when we entered the Great Hall upstairs and witnessed swallows swooping in and out of the windows and up the chimney place. It stopped us in... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This castle is mainly a ruin but it is still a fascinating and beautiful place to visit. The gardens are really well kept and interesting with all the different stone pieces that show the planets and schooling. The castle itself is very nice to walk around and with a little imagination its easy to see just how impressive and stunning... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I walked up to the castle while visiting the area,and it was well worth it.The lady at the visitor centre was most helpful and gave me information to plan my way around the castle.Historic Scotland have done an excellent job of allowing people as much access to the castle,while keeping them safe.The garden itself is worth a visit,as well as... More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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324 reviews 324 reviews
101 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
4 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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