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Castle Fraser

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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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An interesting slice of Scottish history

It is an unguided tour but with very enthusiastic guides in most rooms. You make your way up one tower - even as far as the roof - and down again. The tea room was very good too... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Retford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is an unguided tour but with very enthusiastic guides in most rooms. You make your way up one tower - even as far as the roof - and down again. The tea room was very good too, with tasty reasonably priced light meals. The grounds are extensive and we didn't really explore much as it was raining but there... More 

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Franklin, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited with our teenaged sins and had a great time! The guides within the castle were outstanding giving us lots if great details and facts. The guides would share as little or as much as we wanted. I was very excited to get some extra information about my family history from one of the guides who shared additional information... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I live up near this castle but never visited, got myself a nts membership card and going to visit castles in my area. Very interesting and staff helpful, great walks in the area. There was a wedding on when we were they which made it more special.

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Devon, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Sadly I was unable to see all the rooms as I am currently disabled but the staff were very helpful in suggesting a route I could manage then even escorting me safely back down the steps to the ground floor where I enjoyed a lovely latte and millionaires shortbread in the cafe whilst reading the comprehensive guide book. The castle... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We saw many things that we have not come across in English castles & stately homes; gout stools, spittoon stools, a Laird's Lug, listening squints, etc.The room guides were extremely informative and enthusiastic. We learnt so much. We also really appreciated the large walled garden.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Visited Castle Fraser after visiting Craigievar Castle in the morning of the same day. We had lunch in the restaurant and this was most welcome because as previously stated and due to the lack of electricity at Craigievar, there are no catering facilities for visitors. Two bowls of hot soup and two cups of coffee did the trick. The waiting... More 

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Binfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

All wonderful reviews about how beautiful and fairytaly and postcardy this place is are very very true. I am not easily excitable when it comes to places like that, but this caste is properly cool.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the castle very much, staff welcoming and knowledgeable. The castle has a narrow staircase and there was a lot of stairs to climb but worth it. There is a stunning view from the deck on top of the tower. As with many NTS castles there was a lived in feel to the property with a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

As a self proclaimed "castle aficionado", Castle Fraser was a great castle to visit. The staff were so very passionate about their castle and the history surrounding this beautiful building. The volunteers were very approachable and happy to interact with the visitors. The Castle stands in over 300 acres of beautiful lawns and gardens. The walled garden was well presented... More 

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was a nice supplies. There is more to see than you would expect. You must be able to climb the narrow circular stairs, it's worth the effort

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Address: Address: | Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0844 493 2164
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Inverurie

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