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Address: Edzell, Brechin DD9 7UE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1356 648631
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Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid...

Edzell Castle is enchanting. The red sandstone castle walls, set amid pleasing green parkland, conjure up an image of a noble bygone age. Medieval society was not all fighting and feuding. Everyday lordly life in late-medieval rural Scotland is more readily understood at Edzell than at most castles.Edzell was home to the Lindsays. When they acquired the estate in 1358, the lordly seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new castle a short distance away – the one we admire today. The ‘icing on the cake’ of their new residence was the wonderful ‘great garden’, added in 1604.

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We came across this gem on our way to Aberdeen. So very glad we stopped. This actually turned out to be one of my favorites among all the ones we saw. Castle staff is lovely and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came across this gem on our way to Aberdeen. So very glad we stopped. This actually turned out to be one of my favorites among all the ones we saw. Castle staff is lovely and the grounds are well maintained. we had a pass so it was a free visit for us which was nice. I highly recommend both... More 

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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Edzell Castle and gardens is a nice day out. The Castle ruins are built out of the local cliff stone from the Angus coastline. The gardens are well manicured and are delightful to walk around. There is plenty of areas to picnic in Edzell and there is a lovely cafe and ice cream shop in the village.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great place. very helpful and friendly staff. Great gardens, both the formal renaissance one and the wild one that will help attract much needed wildlife like bees and other insects. fantastic architecture.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The original mainly wooden Edzell Castle was built as a defensive stronghold a short distance from the "current" site, but was replaced in the 1500's by a more substantial stone castle. This building however was intended primarily as a fine residential castle for the Lindsay clan, and was never really involved in battle (although Oliver Cromwell's army briefly occupied it... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

If you have the family name of Lindsay, this castle is a must see. It has the Lindsay coat of arms. The garden is the biggest selling point because it is beaitiful and well maintained. If you look down from the top, you will see a message in the greenery. There are also very interesting carvings on the garden walls.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Very impressive ruin , you can still get up to some of the higher levels & get great views over the fantastic walled geometric gardens . Definitely worth a visit . Downside for me was the Gardener was oblivious to the fact people wanted to take photos without him in them ! I understand he has a job to do... More 

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The gardens at Edzell castle are justifiably recognised worldwide. the layout and colours were truly beautiful, even for so late in the season.

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Grangemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

a short walk out of village - Hillary is lovely and gives you a good insight into the castle. Lovely gardens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

The Gardens are very nice. It is also impressive to view them from the castle itself. The castle is in ruins but still impressive

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful little castle. We loved the place, the kids loved finding small places to hide and explore. The little centre is lovely and the kids loved dressing up. We had a few hours here walking around the castle, reading the history of the place and discovery the gardens. Very beautiful X

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