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Aberdeen City & Shire

Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate

One of Scotland’s largest tower houses, with an impressive portrait collection

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to the grounds – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

This property is part of the 'We're Good to Go' scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit.

For more information about planning your visit, please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by email on or telephone 01330 833463.

Facilities & access

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Disabled parking is available near the front of the castle.

Buggy access

The tearoom has reopened for takeaway only (Wed–Sun).

Children’s activities

Coach parking is available 300m from the property.

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

Car parking is available and is free for members.


Younger visitors love to explore the Woodland Secrets adventure playground, featuring wooden sculptures, a bamboo snake walk, tepees, a tree hut and a giant xylophone.

The castle is open for self-guided tours on Sundays until the end of October.

From the striking simplicity of the medieval Great Hall to the well-stocked library and Victorian bedrooms, a self-guided 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.

Miss Bristow’s Wood trail passes through a designed woodland, full of winding paths, pleasant glades and distant views.

The Alton Brae trail will take you past the Broad Walk of sycamores, through coniferous woodland and beside the Flight Pond, where you can spot brightly coloured dragonflies.

  • There is limited access to the castle courtyard due to gravel. However, wheelchair access to the ground floor of the castle and our tearoom can be provided via the front door by contacting 01330 833463.
  • There’s a digital screen in the reception area where visitors can look at the upper-floor rooms in more detail.
  • The scented walled garden and adventure playground are accessible for wheelchairs.

Opening times


Guided tours are subject to availability and we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Current period20 Mar–5 Feb 2021, closed

20 Mar–5 Jul, closed Current period6 Jul–31 Dec, daily, 10.00–16.00

Please note that the play park and toilets remain closed.

20 Mar–5 Jul, closed Current period6 Jul–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk

Current period20 Mar–5 Feb 2021, closed

Takeaway service only

20 Mar–8 July 2020 Current period9 Jul–31 Oct, Wed–Sun, 10.00–16.00 1 Nov–28 Feb 2021, closed

Entry prices

One adult family
Young Scot

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50