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Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

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Address: Sauchen AB51 7LD, Scotland
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+44 1330 833463
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

From the striking simplicity of the medieval Great Hall to the well-stocked...

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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We came here, two couples and two young girls. It was beautiful grounds, a great play area for the girls to discover and use their imagination! As we had little girls we didn't do... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Harriet R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here, two couples and two young girls. It was beautiful grounds, a great play area for the girls to discover and use their imagination! As we had little girls we didn't do any long walks on the grounds but what we saw was beautiful! The castle itself was so interesting and following the flow of all the rooms... More 

Thank Harriet R
Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle grounds were well kept and the castle is located in a nice area. The castle itself though doesn't have a lot to offer compared to similar castles around Scotland.

Thank stefanandriano
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here during Easter holidays with kids and grandparents and it has something for all ages. The walled garden is beautiful, even at this time of year, and offered a gentle walk before the kids tired themselves out exploring the play area. Even though it was busy the grounds are so expansive it didn't feel crowded with people. Will be... More 

Thank MissusMCS
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting. Lots of rooms open to view. Mostly in tower so there are a lot of stairs. Guides are very informative. Tea room was also nice but not very large so can get busy on popular days.

Thank HazelB247
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out with the kids, fantastic outdoor gardens to explore, beautiful castle, nice cafe. There's a nice wooded walk on the grounds too

Thank sazzer11
Kettering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with family and glad we did. It's a National Trust of Scotland property so we were able to use our English National Trust membership to get in free. You're able to walk around the castle at your leisure and there are a number of steps to get to the top where you have some wonderful views over the grounds.... More 

Thank Phoenixm34
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed Castle Fraser. From the ladies selling the tickets to the guides in the rooms they could not have been more helpful and informative. You are able to tour the rooms of the castle at your own pace. The information cards have a good level of detail. We found the guides very helpful and willing to answer the... More 

Thank Catliz17
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

On arrival into the castle car park, the noticeboard shows you 2 walks. On the sunday we arrived, we decided to do both walks as the weather for February was mild and dry. We did the lake walk first, which took around 45 minutes. This was extremely pleasant, if you are lucky you can hear the woodpeckers in the trees.... More 

Thank AberdeensGirlFriday
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Went for walk round the grounds with children and dog beautiful there are a couple of different areas too so you can pick whichever you fancy that day. Not been inside castle but have heard nothing but good things about the tea room etc

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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Visited at the weekend with a friend for the first time despite growing up in the local area! Can't believe I have not visited before now. £2 car parking charge (which I think is fair enough as everything appeared to be so well maintained) or free for National Trust members. The grounds were so picturesque with the different colours of... More 

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