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Address: Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
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+44 1620 850330

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved...

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved ruins. Cross the deep moat guarded by high walls and an imposing tower, glancing up at the 'murder hole' above your head. Look for the vaulted dome inside the 1249 tower, the grim prison and pit and the 1550s 'beehive' dovecote. Discover stories of sieges, nobility and witchcraft.

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After awhile all the castle ruins start looking the same. This one is worthwhile because the walkways and stairs bring you up to 4 different levels and really give you a feel for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After awhile all the castle ruins start looking the same. This one is worthwhile because the walkways and stairs bring you up to 4 different levels and really give you a feel for how it all went down in the middle ages. The BIG PLUS is the DooCote or pigeon house which holds up to 2000 birds. It is so... More 

Thank VicCosentino
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in the very picturesque village of Dirleton, the castle makes for a fascinating visit. While it may not have the same dramatic coastline views like Tantallon Castle has, they are so impressive nonetheless. What comes alive at Dirleton is the sense of the operations of the household, domestic and military. On the one hand you can explore the former... More 

Thank EdinburghGreyhound
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at he time of year when the gardens are at their least impressive but that didn't spoil the trip as the castle itself was worth the trip. Entrance via a moat and drawbridge and lots of preserved rooms and passages. Not good for those with mobility concerns and make sure you keep a close eye on small children... More 

Thank Kath M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Well worth a visit, especially for families. There are lots of rooms and corners to explore - just let the kids loose!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Good ruins, plenty of places for kids to explore, lots of different rooms/levels, & big drawbridge. Large garden areas

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Loved our visit here. Friendly staff in the shop. Castle is brilliant for young explorers with plenty of nooks and crannies. Interesting for history buffs and great views over the countryside. Well worth a trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Nice to pop in on the way to yellowcraig beach and take a walk to north Berwick and back. Dirt on is a nice village with 2 nice restaurants one within the pub. Opposite the pub is the castle which has been kept very trim ...a strong fortress and protectorate. A wee shop sells small memorabilia. .car park enough for... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is a well kept and interesting castle ruin. We spent longer than expected here and there are great views from the top. Staff were very friendly.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The castle was abandoned in 17th century by the family who owned it in favour of more comfortable accommodation nearby. It is an interesting example of its type, even though there is not much of it left. You could see it all in an hour. No major historical incidents took place here, but if you are playing Muirfield and need... More 

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Although a ruin it still is worth a visit complete with its lovely gardens (depending on the time of year of coarse). Built in the 13th century and in 1650 besieged and destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.

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