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Thirlestane Castle

| Scottish Borders, Lauder TD2 6RU, Scotland
+44 1578 722430
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Lunchtime visit

Nice Cafe. Reasonable prices . Lots of activities going on. Worth a visit. Insist on "disabled... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brian150
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Maybole, United Kingdom
Wonderful heritage, lovingly restored

Magnificent castle in magnificent surroundings! Some renovation work ongoing but it did not spoil... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tanya E
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A unique 16th century castle in the Scottish Borders which has undergone a 2 year restoration project. In 2017 the castle is open from 2 May - 1 October every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm (last admission) and offers castle tours and use of the grounds and children's play area. Thirlestane can also be used for weddings and events, along with holiday lets through use of the castle's luxury Lauderdale Apartment. Please feel welcome to look at our website for further information and contact details.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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| Scottish Borders, Lauder TD2 6RU, Scotland
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+44 1578 722430
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice Cafe. Reasonable prices . Lots of activities going on. Worth a visit. Insist on "disabled" parking and you will be directed to front of castle/Cafe area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Magnificent castle in magnificent surroundings! Some renovation work ongoing but it did not spoil our enjoyment. Very friendly and knowledgeable guides! Learnt so much. The Castle Kitchen is warm and very friendly, with freshly prepared snacks and lunches. The whole day out was great value!More

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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for your lovely comments. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and are pleased the renovations didn't spoil it. We hope to have most of the work, which is not on the visitor...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A really lovely national treasure well worth a visit. You can pay for entrance to the castle and grounds or just for the grounds. Parking on site. Accessible parking outside the castle. Lovely walks in the woods for the dogs and they are welcome in...More

Thank emloue
Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Thirlestane Castle and for your very kind comments. We want it to be a visit that can be enjoyed by people of all ages so we’re glad all of your party found different items...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a grand castle in local terms but modest by national standards. The staff in each section of rooms were very friendly, interesting and knowledgeable. The history of the family and their connections with past and present royalty was explained well. It would be...More

Thank 783sophie
Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Thirlestane Castle and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will let our volunteers know that you appreciated their knowledge. While it is possible to view much of the castle in...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017

My wife and I love historical places and we especially like castles and stately homes so when we discovered that we could actually STAY at Thirlestane Castle we couldn't book quick enough. From the time we arrived a drove along the stately driveway to the...More

Thank paulseymour
Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review about your stay at Thirlestane Castle. It certainly is a very peaceful place where you can relax and unwind. We hope to see you on another visit again soon.

Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

This is a real gem. Fir a week you feel like you are living in a castle. It was so quiet, the views of the grounds with the sheep kept me amused. I bought my telescope the skies were dark and great for looking at...More

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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Thirlestane Castle and for the lovely comments you made. We are glad you had a relaxing stay and found plenty to do. We will keep everyone posted about when the new 2-bedroom apartment is...More

Reviewed 21 April 2017

The castle has a beautiful exterior, so it's nice to go there on a sunny day. A lot of the rooms are closed off to the public, so the interior is not that impressive.More

Thank stefanandriano
Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Many thanks for taking the time to review our beautiful attraction. It definitely has a stunning exterior. I’m sorry that you were disappointed the interior areas were closed. The Castle is not open to the public during the winter but opens for the season on...More

Reviewed 7 October 2016

Finally visited this castle after many trips to Scotland. Never thought it would be worth the drive and time but boy was I wrong! The volunteer who greeted us was so friendly and knowledgeable. She told interesting stories about the "home" and not just old...More

Thank searney
Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2016

What a wonderful five-star review. Thank you so much for describing Thirlestane as a must-see attraction in the Scottish Borders. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We were on our way to Melrose Abbey and saw the sign for this castle. We made a detour visit and glad we did. The castle is totally intact and looks more like an estate than a defensive type battle castle. It is packed with...More

Thank David_2013834
Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2016

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your spontaneous visit Thirlestane Castle. Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Reviewed 15 September 2016

Eye-catching red sandstone Scots baronial pile so afflicted by dry rot the family has had to flee to a nearby farmhouse. Don't let that put you off because conservationists are slowly winning the battle. Shame the upper two floors are both unrestored and off limits....More

Thank Andrew G
Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2016

We really appreciate you taking the time to post a review of your visit to Thirlestane. Thank you for highlighting the restoration work the Trust has been undertaking for a number of years. Thank you for your support.

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ROBERT R
Can I park my motorhome .
27 September 2016|
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Response from Rhona J | Property representative |
Yes there is plenty of parking for your motorhome while you visit the castle. There is also our Caravan Park if you would like to stay longer.
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ailsacraig2014
Are you able to walk dogs in the castle grounds?
6 September 2016|
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Response from Rhona J | Property representative |
Yes you are welcome to bring your dog on a lead in the grounds. We look forward to welcoming you.
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