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Caerlaverock Castle

Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
+44 1387 770244
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With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland. Although ruined, Caerlaverock is still a substantial structure and you can explore many different features within its unique triangular ground plan. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into the brutal cross-border conflicts and you can enjoy a fascinating siege warfare exhibition complete with reconstructions of medieval siege engines. After exploring the castle enjoy delicious home baking and freshly ground coffee in the castle's tearoom which is open during the summer and at weekends in the winter. Little adventurers will love the castle-themed adventure park and if one castle is not enough for you, you will find the foundations of another, earlier, castle visible at the end of a nature trail through the woods to the south.
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Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
+44 1387 770244
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Reviewed yesterday

Been to a few castles over the years and Caerlaverock was on my list, just never got round to it til now. Took a bit of travelling to get here, main signposted route was blocked due to roadworks so had to back track to Dumfries...More

Thank hilderinc
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just over the boarders and a de tour to get there, very friendly staff and dog friendly this casters well worth seeing

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a couple of hours here looking round the very interesting castle ruins and then went on a walk through the wildlife reserve passing the site of the old castle on the way. The notices around the castle had just the right amount of...More

Thank SurreyMasha
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the castle as a group with two teenagers and 4 adults. The car park was spacious (and free!) and we were greeted by a staff member who also directed us where to park and showed us to the reception/shop area. The prices...More

Thank Ruaraidh M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reasonably well preserved border stronghold with an interesting history. Watch out for the nesting birds flying through

Thank iglairdy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place, very quiet when we went. Nice for walks has a play park for children and a tea room for a bit to eat. Reasonably priced to get in.

Thank Charlene M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very pleasant visit to very romantic beautiful castle , good parking , pleasant staff , nice coffee shop .

Thank AngusMc2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent castle to visit, with a very unusual triangular design. Nice also to see the older castle in the woods. Excellent tea and. Skew from the tea room.

Thank 0298ems
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great position and an interesting castle to visit. Great for the photographers and well worth a drive on a fine day. A lot of history to discover and a historic Scotland site

Thank braithwaite12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

wonderful experience .... history come to life. Exploring climbing photographing all for our memories when we arrive home.

Thank Paula G
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9 June 2017|
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Response from Sheen1968 | Reviewed this property |
As long as they are under control I believe
1 May 2017|
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Response from JZoopa | Reviewed this property |
There is a lodge to pay to access the castle and grounds
7 April 2017|
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Response from JBs_Adventures | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I went today and it was £6.00 per adult. It closed at 5pm today. Regards.