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Castle Fraser

Address: | Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0844 493 2164
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Inverurie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Castle Fraser is a grand baronial castle dating from the 16th century, and is the largest and most...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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130 attraction reviews
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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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Simply stunning, choose a nice day to go so you can walk around the gardens. The castle itself is full of history and the staff more than helpful to point you in the right direction

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The castle is circa 30 minutes drive from Aberdeen, there is ample visitor parking spaces for a small fee. The castle gardens are well kept with a great variety of flora and is well worth a visit. There is a fee to enter the castle (note the castle does not open till 11:00 hrs), so check the website before you... More 

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A most enjoyable visit to Castle Fraser. Found the staff helpful and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we didn't have time to view the gardens. If you are brave enough make sure you venture out at the top of the turret, it certainly isn't for the faint hearted.

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Mt vernon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This castle has been lovingly restored in a way that you feel as if you know the people who have lived there. The staff have good stories to tell and the rooms come alive. Don't miss the garden.

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norwich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We got a leaflet and decided to drive to the castle but discovered it was closed. No idea why and does not tell you why on the leaflet! But a quick look around the castle and we walked the tracks around the castle on a fine Scottish afternoon. Nice way to spend a few hours spotting the animals.

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