Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

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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. There are two waymarked walks on the estate that offer magnificent views of the local area.

The traditional walled garden includes specimen trees, herbaceous borders, a medicinal border and organically grown fruit and vegetables.

Explore the Woodland Secrets adventure playground, featuring wooden sculptures, a bamboo snake walk, tepees, a tree hut and a giant xylophone.

Dogs are welcome in the grounds, but we ask dogs to be on the lead near the children’s play area and in the courtyard.

Relax in the tearoom where you can enjoy home baking, tasty soups and sandwiches.

Fans of the Oscar-winning film The Queen (2006) may also recognise Castle Fraser as it doubled for Balmoral Castle during filming.

Car parking is available and free for National Trust for Scotland members.


  • Official Star Rating
  • Opening Times
    Grounds and gardens open now.

    The Tearoom is offering a takeaway service on Wed-Sun from 10am-4pm.

    Castle open from Easter 2021.
  • Facilities
    • Toilets
    • Gift Shop
    • Child Friendly
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
    • Tours
  • Accessibility
    • Blue Badge Parking
  • Accreditations and Awards

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