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“Nice castle and grounds”
Review of Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle
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Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Aberdour
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Owner description: See the large and imposing suite of buildings from the 12th to the 17th century with the grand hall-house, thought to be the oldest standing stone castle in Scotland. There is also a delightful walled garden, with scented flowers and a beehive-shaped doocot, which overlooks the Forth. Take a guided tour in summer to see all around the castle including the painted ceiling in the east range, which is a precious survival from the early 17th century. Open all year. Winter Closed Thus and Fri.
Leven, United Kingdom
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“Nice castle and grounds”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Visted with my partner and 11 month old son. For the entry fee (about £5 each, under 3's are free) you get access to a small walled garden, the castle and a large garden/orchard to the rear of the castle.

The walled garden is lovely and would be great to sit in on a sunny day. The garden to the rear of the castle has a dovecot in it which you can go inside as well as great views of the whole rear of the castle. There is an orchard here too and the staff said to help ourselves to the apples so we took a couple, which were quite nice.

The castle itself is a mix of ruined and still complete sections of varying ages including a painted sealing which is really nice. They have done a good job of looking after the site without taking away from its original features. We didn't use the cafe whilst we were there and the staff in the shop were very helpful.

Also of note for people without cars is that this castle is minutes from a train station which is on the fife circle line, easily accesible from Edinburgh and most areas of Fife. As far a s accesibility goes we managed with a buggy round the garden and grounds, all of which have grassy ramps as well as steps but only a small section of the castle would be easy to access with a wheelchair as some of it is ruins which uneven ground and rock and the upstairs sections are accessed via the usual spiral stairs. We opted to leave the buggy outside the castle and carry our son round.

Definitly a place I would recommend visiting.

Visited October 2013
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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“Romantic ruin”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Member of the National Trust & this is one of my favourite places to visit. The ruins are interesting
& the site is relatively small. I find that the castle has a romantic 'feel'. The grounds provide a good space for a stroll & the walled garden has a fantastic range of border plants. St. Serf's church is adjacent to the castle is well worth a visit -- take time to go inside.

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Castle....fantastic! Historical & lovely grounds,on the edge of an amazing view.not as glam as a lot of castles,but still a hidden gem

Visited July 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“The oldest castle in Scotland”
Reviewed 19 June 2013

Another of Scotland's hidden gems. Lovely gardens well maintained. Great views of the River Forth and next to the railway station. Staff were helpful and informative and a cafe selling a selection of teas plus a fine selection of cakes. A good outdoor seating area.

Visited June 2013
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 June 2013

Enjoyable day out wandering around the well kept gardens. kids especially liked being able to go in and out of the castle.

Visited May 2013
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