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Address: | Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0844 493 2164
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Description: Castle Fraser is a grand baronial castle dating from the 16th century, and...
Castle Fraser is a grand baronial castle dating from the 16th century, and is the largest and most elaborate of Scottish castles built on the Z plan design. There are plenty of quirky features to discover in the castle - such as the Laird's Lug, hidden trapdoors revealing secret stairs, a spy hole, a room full of stuffed animals and a wooden leg!As you venture through the castle and up to the... round tower, with its panoramic views of the gardens and estate beyond, you get a sense of life from the medieval to the Victorian period. Although the main castle was completed around 1636, there were several 18th- and 19th-century alterations. To a large extent the story of Castle Fraser is the story of its lairds.It retains the atmosphere of the family home with portraits, furniture and mementos. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, a library filled with family books, and the grand Worked Room featuring 18th-century embroideries.New to Castle Fraser for 2012 is an exhibition in a previously unopened room in the castle. The exhibition, entitled “Women of Strength” has been kindly sponsored by Exxon Mobil and features information on the historical development of the garden, grounds and castle and the involvement of Elyza Fraser and Lavinia Smiley.Outside, two waymarked walks give magnificent views of the local hills.Miss Bristow's Trail (1.25 miles) - a walk on forest paths, taking you past old estate stonework including the Moses Well and a hydraulic ram (water pump). This walk is not accessible by wheelchairs or pushchairs.The Alton Brae Trail (1.5 miles) - a walk on forest paths including steep sections and steps, leading you down to the flight pond with its amazing wildlife including 10 species of dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, toads, newts and many aquatic invertebrates. This walk is not accessible by wheelchairs or pushchairs.The children's Woodland Secrets play area is an enchanting wooded area with a tepee, bamboo snake walk, giant xylophone and lots of other areas for children to hide and climb. The whole children's area is built from natural materials and is therefore very environmentally friendly. There is access to this area by wheelchairs and pushchairs.
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Wonderful place, lovely walks, excellent food in evening in the castle restaurant.

Lovely place during the day to enjoy walks, play area and gardens !! The castle often have events on which are all worth visiting. In the evening the restaurant is superb, bring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Lovely place during the day to enjoy walks, play area and gardens !! The castle often have events on which are all worth visiting. In the evening the restaurant is superb, bring your own bottle(s) and enjoy the fantastic food.

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We visited this place out of season. Disappointed that the tea room, shops and castle was closed, but then that is our fault not checking before travelling. Garden is pleasantly laid out in the traditional manner with interesting items scattered around it. There are a number of pleasant walks that cut through the wonderful Aberdeenshire countryside of this National Trust... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I took my Kiwi husband here for a visit on our holiday over as I grew up a couple of miles away from here. We were a bit disappointed as there was a wedding on during the day we visited so we couldn't walk around the castle but this was the first castle my husband had ever seen and he... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

liked the castles but not the hotel but in general it is a very historical place to be in . If I did not have a son and daughter inlaw living there it would still be a good spot to holiday in. Next time we will pick a better hotel.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

I love this restaurant find it hard to say anything negative. Food is always amazing with local ingredients, a joy! The venue makes a visit feel so special, can't wait for valentines our next visit

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Free entrance with out NTS membership card. Not open every day so need to plan your tour; check the dates published the last summer. Most remarkable story in this castle was of the owner who survived a shot in the head, lost his leg and had a collection of 30 different kinds of artificial legs for all occasions. Oldest piece... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Lovely setting and the castle is in excellent condition. The curators were excellent and very knowledgeable and we loved the information cards in each room which helped to highlight specific items of interest. The grounds are wonderful and the view from the top of the tower amazing. We had a lovely meal in the tea rooms which are situated in... More 

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Appledore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I loved this place. The castle is great and the gardens are fun to look around I particularly liked the wooden sculptures and the tee pee. Loved looking out from the top of castle very scenic and worth the climb. I liked the café in what was the old kitchen but realised afterwards I was overcharged by a young man... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I often visit this castle, it has a special place in my heart. The Castle dates back to the 1400s but was privately owned until the 1970s when it was given to the NTS. It is set in beautiful grounds with a walled garden, children's play area and walks. There are often events held in the Castle- themed events for... More 

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Merthyr Tydfil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Beautiful C15th baronial castle with a Great Hall dating back to the 1400's. A National Trust property so no photographs allowed, beautiful rooms and a very interesting and knowledgeable guide. Quite a lot of stairs to climb so you need to be able bodied. Very interesting visit and would recommend.

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