Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Castle Fraser Garden & Estate

Castle Fraser Garden & Estate
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Monday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
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
About
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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  • DunelmArts
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ghosts and music in a quirky castle
    One of Scotland's largest tower houses, Castle Fraser is an impressive castle with loads of atmosphere and quirky features. The National Trust guides are friendly and very knowledgeable with lots of stories about the Castle. The lovely lady at the ticket office told us all about the ghost in the kitchen that had been active this week! The castle owns a wealth of music scores; the music from a selection of which has been recorded and is playing as you walk through the rooms. You can climb to the top of the tower where there are stunning views over the countryside. The grounds suffered from Storm Arwen in 2021 with many fallen trees, but there are still walks around the estate. Walled garden, cafe, shop, second hand bookshop and toilets. £3 parking charge.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 March 2023
  • flaminpie
    Vera, Spain215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best yet
    We have visited ten or more National trust Scotland sites in the last few months and this is very near the top of my list. It is a very interesting Castle with a lot of very good artefacts. At present they don’t have guided tours although they do have guides in some of the rooms.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Gr0upLeader
    87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very enjoyable and interesting
    Beautiful castle and gardens. Very interesting and loved the quirky bits - Laird’s Lug, Priest hole etc. The staff were all very approachable and knowledgable about the castle. There’s a treasure hunt activity for children. Lovely cafe and gift shop as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Sue
    United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Both the gardens and castle impressed
    Such a great castle. Guides in the main rooms and plenty of info in the other rooms. We even walked up to the top where you get excellent views of the grounds. Nice tea shop and deck chairs in the walled garden a lovely touch to enjoy the sun
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • CarolineWR
    275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a special trip - could have stayed the entire day
    Not a spare un-turreted inch, this has to be one of the most exquisite of the Aberdeenshire castles (our favourite with Cawdor & Crathes). Massive, imposing fortress tower incorporated into later Jacobean extensions, all with a very "French feel". The beauty of this place hits you from your first glimpse on the long drive down to the car park. Self-guided visit with very knowledgeable guides in most rooms & photos allowed. Some very steep, narrow spiral staircases to the top of the tower. Chairs to rest available in all rooms (thank you, National Trust!) Excellent café in stunning courtyard looking up at the tower. Walled garden is pleasant, but not as exciting as some of the other local castles.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Gkmtouristguy
    Ellon, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant day out
    Visited with family for the umpteenth time and was enthralled as always, The beauty of the location, the historical interest and the knowledge of the staff are as always, captivating. Particularly impressed with the knowledge of the guide in the great hall snd in the Lavinia Smiley room. Did think that zMs Smiley bore a more than passing resemblance to one Jon Bon Jovi… Despite numerous previous visits, I still learn something new on every visit. Garden and grounds are stunning and dog friendly. Would not hesitate to recommend Castle Fraser for a day out as a couple or family.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Cathy G
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle Fraser was very special
    As Frasers who were exploring our roots, Castle Fraser was very special. The staff made it come alive with lots of info about the castle, Frasers, and the recent owner who restored the castle before donating so that we could all enjoy. In particular, I'd like to recognize Gillian who was interesting and informative, as were all the others, but we seemed to encounter Gillian many times during our visit! The flow through the rooms facilitates a good tour. We enjoyed the views from the roof, the spy hole to the dining room, the gift shop and the little antique book store. The gardens were spectacular!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 October 2023
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Cathy G
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
As Frasers who were exploring our roots, Castle Fraser was very special. The staff made it come alive with lots of info about the castle, Frasers, and the recent owner who restored the castle before donating so that we could all enjoy. In particular, I'd like to recognize Gillian who was interesting and informative, as were all the others, but we seemed to encounter Gillian many times during our visit! The flow through the rooms facilitates a good tour. We enjoyed the views from the roof, the spy hole to the dining room, the gift shop and the little antique book store. The gardens were spectacular!
Written 11 October 2023
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Wendy M
Lelystad, The Netherlands50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Bob, Mike and Carolyn did an amazing job of bringing the history to life. We so enjoyed our day.. thoroughly enjoyed the walk around the walled garden
Written 1 October 2023
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Gkmtouristguy
Ellon, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Visited with family for the umpteenth time and was enthralled as always,
The beauty of the location, the historical interest and the knowledge of the staff are as always, captivating. Particularly impressed with the knowledge of the guide in the great hall snd in the Lavinia Smiley room. Did think that zMs Smiley bore a more than passing resemblance to one Jon Bon Jovi…
Despite numerous previous visits, I still learn something new on every visit.
Garden and grounds are stunning and dog friendly.
Would not hesitate to recommend Castle Fraser for a day out as a couple or family.
Written 27 September 2023
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Phyllis S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Castle Fraser, very informative guides, friendly staff and beautiful location. Would definitely recommend, a shining star in Aberdeenshire.
Written 27 September 2023
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Mary J
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited with my 11yr old grandson who was totally fascinated. Beautiful castle and grounds, and the guide made it fun and interesting for everyone. There are some amazing stories in this castle.
Written 27 September 2023
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Julie M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Fabulous day out at Castle Fraser highly recommend it. I was so impressed I was able to take my pooch into the tea room.
Written 27 September 2023
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Sharon C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Fantastic experience with really knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great day out and a fabulous cafe for a scrumptious lunch
Written 27 September 2023
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Flick
Aberdeen, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Rude rude unhelpful staff didn’t like dogs don’t bother ended up sitting in car while rest of my party accessed all I saw nothing would never return
Written 26 September 2023
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I'm very sorry to hear that you had a disappointing visit to Castle Fraser and can only apologise that you didn't feel welcome. We pride ourselves on being a dog friendly site with dogs welcome in the grounds, walled garden, tearoom and gift shop. Unfortunately we can only allow assistance dogs into the main interior of the castle in order to protect the original furniture, carpets and textiles, some of which date from the 1600s. Please do reach out to us at castlefraser@nts.org.uk if we can assist further or you would like to provide additional feedback.
Written 27 September 2023
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Marilyn C
United States1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was a fantastic castle to tour. You can go inside the castle and see all of the rooms. There is a beautiful view from the top. The gardens are amazing and prolific.
Written 16 September 2023
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CarolineWR
U.K.275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Not a spare un-turreted inch, this has to be one of the most exquisite of the Aberdeenshire castles (our favourite with Cawdor & Crathes). Massive, imposing fortress tower incorporated into later Jacobean extensions, all with a very "French feel". The beauty of this place hits you from your first glimpse on the long drive down to the car park. Self-guided visit with very knowledgeable guides in most rooms & photos allowed. Some very steep, narrow spiral staircases to the top of the tower. Chairs to rest available in all rooms (thank you, National Trust!) Excellent café in stunning courtyard looking up at the tower. Walled garden is pleasant, but not as exciting as some of the other local castles.
Written 2 September 2023
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