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Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

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Address: | Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD, Scotland
Phone Number: 0844 493 2164

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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Fascinating old castle with a great cafe and stunning grounds

castle Fraser is our local castle and we go there often for a stroll around the gardens and a cup and a scone. The castle itself is worth more than one visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

castle Fraser is our local castle and we go there often for a stroll around the gardens and a cup and a scone. The castle itself is worth more than one visit

Thank Elisabeth D
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful castle, with a friendly welcome. I was not able to see all the rooms as the stairs were too steep, but I loved what I did see. Lovely tea rooms also serving cakes. The grounds were vast with a trail to follow and the walled garden is a must. A very large, well cutivated area containing flowers, fruit and... More 

Thank Catherine T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lovely day out! The rooms of the castle are very quaint and well displayed. You get a good feel for what life would have been like living there. I would have liked to see the wing of the castle where the family had lived. Great views from the tower.

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is on our door step and we take visitors to look around and finish off with a visit to the cafe/ resturant for lunch. A good modern selection of food and beverages on offer and pleasantly catered to a high standard at an economical price. Our grandchildren enjoyed their visit and took a great interest in the exhibition.... More 

Thank Alastair8876
State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle is gorgeous. We actually went here on a whim as our original plans for the day fell through; and I am so glad we did. The place is in remarkable shape. Loved the beautiful stone work, and overall structure of this place. The inside was just as stunning as well. Enjoyed the history and overall architecture of this... More 

Thank hollytrea
Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did a Easter egg hunt here and paid to see the castle! Beautiful castle really really cosy somehow! Very enjoyable and some rooms had informative guides. Kids loved the spy hole!

Thank eeema
Mooresville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While this is not the castle from the show, the actual history does map to the characters and references. Of the five castles we visited in Aberdeenshire, Castle Fraser is by far the best. The restoration is superb, with many rooms to explore across multiple levels of the castle. The gardens are also lovely and there are several long walks... More 

Thank TraceyYorkNC
Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great walled garden - good planting and lots to see. Interesting castle on different floors - lots of steps but great views from the tower over the garden and estate. Estate walks too. The guides were very helpful and friendly. When we visited marquees were being erected for a motor event the following weekend which meant that the castle toilets... More 

Thank Rachael C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most picturesque castles I have visited, inside is beautiful and really interesting to look around, there are a lot of stairs to climb, but my little boy loved it. The gardens are beautiful, the walled garden is filled with colourful flowers and there is a playground for kids with a wigwam and giant xylophone. Highly... More 

Thank Debbielockhart
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought the castle itself did not have a lot to offer . We had not realised you have to climb and climb to see the room and anyone with mobility problems would have been unable to view most of it. As is the fashion now they did not have guides to take you round and we really did not... More 

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