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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Binfield, United Kingdom

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Binfield, United Kingdom
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179 reviews 179 reviews
46 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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120 reviews 120 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
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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