Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
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10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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From the striking simplicity of the medieval Great Hall to the well-stocked library and Victorian bedrooms, a tour of the castle gives a sense of walking through history. Each laird stamped his personality on the family seat, from the various ways of spying on those in the Great Hall to trophies gathered on global adventures. The panoramic views from the top of the round tower are spectacular, revealing the courtyard, gardens and estate beyond, ready to be explored. The distinctive peaks of Bennachie can be seen in the distance. The traditional walled garden includes specimen trees, herbaceous borders, a medicinal border and organically grown fruit and vegetables. There are two waymarked walks on the estate that offer magnificent views of the local area.
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petesaund
United Kingdom3,290 contributions
May 2022
This Scottish baronial castle sits majestically at the end of a line of trees and dates back to 16th century although undergone much restoration.
The interior furnishings are of little note and nothing of exquisite value however it is unusual in that it has five levels.The guides were able to provide more on the history rather than contents of the castle
It has an interesting history and the large insigniafacing the forecourt incorporates the union of England and Scotland.
There are a number of inscribed initials intertwined above the forecourt windows with Fraser initial intertwined
It is difficult to appreciate the walled garden as spring flowers were on the way out and too early for summer blooms but the layout overlooking the castle is picturesque
Written August 14, 2022
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK4,987 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We came to Aberdeenshire in order to visit the castles here and Castle Fraser did not disappoint. It is a magnificent castle with a superb interior with lots to see. Many of the rooms are open and filled with furniture, paintings and artefacts. A great historic collection well worth a visit.
Written July 22, 2022
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VicBo123
Pateley Bridge, UK232 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This is a National Trust property and is free for members. Min-members can visit the grounds and gardens for free so is budget friendly if you don’t look round the castle inside. Dogs are allowed other than in the castle and walled garden. Well maintained gardens. Interesting self-guided tours around the castle. Brilliant views from 7 storeys up at the top of the round tower. Am not sure is good value for money if you are not a NT member.
Written September 4, 2021
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Rosie G
18 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
A bit expensive if not a National Trust member. We enjoyed our visit and it was nice to have a poke round. Gentleman who was in the library was entertaining and knowledgeable. I would recommend but only if you're a NT member or you get a complimentary pass.
Written October 17, 2022
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bug9218
Northern Ireland99 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Paid a visit to Castle Fraser while staying in Aberdeen, This is a National Trust property so unless you are a member can be a little expensive adult £14.50. Saying that we did enjoy our visit all COVID precautions are in place so very safe. Nice little tea room serving a selection of snacks and drinks. Large grounds for walking and picnicking. If you are in the area well worth a visit.
Written July 1, 2021
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kennyaberdeen
Aberdeenshire, UK232 contributions
Nov 2019
Brilliant Castle but no sustainable transport to it. Walk 3 miles on narrow, pavement free roads from the nearest bus stop or take a taxi. Very sad that a car is required. Looking at bus routes nearby they could be adapted to include this amazing facility. SAD ☹️
Written January 3, 2020
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Toepointer
Edinburgh, UK25 contributions
Jun 2021
Visited with a friend today. The grounds were as verdant as ever and had a coffee and bite to eat from the cafe (no hot food). However on leaving at 4.45pm I walked down to the courtyard again to use the toilets and met a member of staff leaving with a bundle of keys in her hands. I asked her if the toilets were still open and she told me no, and made no offer to open them for me, although I assume (correct me if I'm wrong) that they are probably meant to be open til 5pm, even on a Sunday. She directed me to the toilets in the gardens, but these were also locked. Not a very helpful attitude!
Written June 20, 2021
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Ereerin
20 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
We visited on a Saturday for a walk and picnic. The grounds are very well kept, beautiful trees and flowers. There are vast areas of grass for people to have picnics, play games etc.
The map and instructions for the short and longer walk around the grounds are not well signposted although we took the longer one, Alton Brae Trail, and throughly enjoyed it.
Have already recommended and will visit again.
Written July 24, 2021
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elisabetta c
9 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I waited 4 years and it really worth it! The castle is beautiful and all the volunteers working there are very nice, available and with lot of knowledge. No guided tour at the moment, but with an info sheet and the volunteers went really well. The library is amazing, not to talk about a wonderful rocking horse! But I’m passionate about rocking horses.
I had lunch in the coffe shop, just a sandwich and cappuccino but nice. I couldn’t manage to visit the walled garden and grounds, it was to late so I’ll definitely be back.
Written August 4, 2022
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GaryHMFC
Aberdeenshire, UK860 contributions
Sep 2020
I came here at the weekend. The castle and its grounds are very impressive. The staff are also very helpful and polite. There is a nice wee cafe with plenty of seats to sit outside. The garden is a hidden treasure and well worth a visit. I would definitely recommend this place to others.
Written September 14, 2020
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