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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 – 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.


Drone flying is not permitted at this property without prior permission and approval. Commercial operators should contact the Trust’s Filming Manager at filming@nts.org.uk.

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 castlefraser@nts.org.uk or telephone 01330 833463.

Facilities & access

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development.

We have created a detailed accessibility guide for Castle Fraser.

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.

There are accessible toilets in the courtyard near the shop and café (open Friday to Monday).

Buggy access

The tearoom is open with a limited offer of hot drinks and snacks (Friday to Monday).

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.

The castle operates guided tours from Monday–Saturday until the end of October, and then guided tours on Saturday and Sunday from 1 November–15 December.

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

Special interest tours can be arranged – please book in advance.

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.

Car parking is available and is free for members.

Picnics

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.

The shop sells a range of gifts.

The toilets are open at weekends.

  • 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

Castle, tearoom and shop

Last entry to the castle is at 15.30 | Please note the tearoom is now open, with a limited offer of hot drinks and snacks. | Please note the castle will be closed on Sat 4 June and open only to those with Aberdeen Performance Car Show tickets on Sun 7 August.

1 Jan–24 Mar, closed 25 Mar–31 Mar, Fri–Mon, 10.30–16.30 1 Apr–17 Apr, daily, 10.30–16.30 Current period18 Apr–1 Jul, Fri–Mon, 10.30–16.30 2 Jul–28 Aug, daily, 10.30–16.30 29 Aug–14 Oct, Fri–Mon, 10.30–16.30 15 Oct–30 Oct, daily, 10.30–16.30 31 Oct–18 Dec, Fri–Mon, 10.30–16.30 19 Dec–31 Dec, closed
Garden

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, 10.00–16.00
Grounds

Please note that areas of the estate will be closed due to extensive storm damage. | On Sun 7 August, the estate will be open only to those with Aberdeen Performance Car Show tickets.

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk

Entry prices

Adult
£14.50
Concession
£11.00
Family
£33.00
One adult family
£27.50
Young Scot
£1.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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