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 fruit and vegetables..

Dogs are welcome in the grounds, tearoom and shop.

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
    1 Mar–28 Mar, Fri–Tue, 10.30–16.00 (last entry 15.00)
    29 Mar–30 Jun, Fri–Tue, 10.30–16.30 (last entry 15.30)
    1 Jul–1 Sep, daily, 10.30–16.30 (last entry 15.30)
    2 Sep–13 Oct, Fri–Tue, 10.30–16.30 (last entry 15.30)
    14 Oct–27 Oct, daily, 10.30–16.30 (last entry 15.30)
    28 Oct–16 Dec, Fri–Mon, 10.30–16.00 (last entry 15.00)
  • Facilities
    • Toilets
    • Gift Shop
    • Child Friendly
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
    • Tours
  • Accessibility
    • Blue Badge Parking
  • Visit Scotland Welcome Scheme
  • Accreditations and Awards

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