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Craigievar Castle

Address: Craigievar | Alford, Aberdeen AB33 8JF, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-133-988-3635
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Ranked #9 of 89 Attractions in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: 17th-century castle once owned by the brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen. Open Spring and Summer...
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Type: Castles, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: 17th-century castle once owned by the brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen. Open Spring and Summer only.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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227 reviews 227 reviews
118 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Free entry with our NTS membership cards. Interesting to see how this castles has been modified, stucco ceilings made in all rooms and timber paneling as thermal insulation. As showpiece there was a metal head frame with a lock and a tongue piece to prevent a person from speaking; possibly for gossiping women. Little shop in the basis with coffee... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

we had a lovely time at this castle. loved the style and color of this castle. Very good place for picnic. Beautifully decorated rooms and lovely staff, very good service.

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Merthyr Tydfil
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342 reviews 342 reviews
261 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This seven storey castle was completed in 1626 for William Forbes and the Forbes family continued to live in the castle for 350 years. Beautifully decorated and furnished rooms and you are shown around by an interesting and informative guide. We had a lovely visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

There is a company that does castle tours in Aberdeen but we did our own and this was our favourite. There are so many great castles in the area you could spend years visiting them all - Scotland looks after it's history - well done

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Inverkeithing, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A visit inside this picturesque Castle is by Guided Tour, it was explained that this protects the delicate and stunning plasterwork ceilings in each room. Our guide was Isabella; she gave us an entertaining tour of the Castle with lots of stories and history about the Castle and its previous owners and residents. Many thanks for a wonderful visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We visited the castle with my 3 children; 14, 4 and 3 and the younger children were instantly engaged with the pink castle that they believed a princess must live in. There was an entrance fee, but we are National Trust members. The only way to explore the castle is on the guided tour, which lasts about 45 minutes. We... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Today i paid a visit to the castle, firstly to meet up with a friend of mine who works there. 2ndly to take the tour around the castle and take in the history and stories concerned with the property. I was introduced to my guide John, who at once made us feel welcome. The thing that stood out though was... More 

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The outside of the Castle makes this look straight out of a Fairy Tale. It has even got stone cannons. Owned by National Trust for Scotland you have escorted tours around the castle every 15 mins taking about 45 minutes. Interesting furniture and pictures. There is both a priests room and a priest hole. Well worth a visit. Part of... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My husband, I and friends of us visited this beautiful and "small" castle near Aberdeen. We have an included tour guide of the entire castle, all the rooms and the history of it. It is a fairytale castle, pink, with a great garden..lovely!! Is an attraction not to be missed!

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Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Although I had to wait for the guided tour it was very worthwhile. The tour guide (Fiona) was very pleasant. She kept the tour interesting and added a few funny extra quips. All the staff at the castle were very attentive and made it a very enjoyable visit. Highly recommend.

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