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Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle | Scottish Borders, Lauder TD2 6RU, Scotland
+44 1578 722430
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A fascinating castle with links to some of the most important periods in Scottish history. The... read more

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Lordofthemiles
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Stirling, Scotland
Great visit to Thirlestane

Thirlestane has a real sense of history; the architectural details such as the remarkably ornate... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
EdinburghGreyhound
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Edinburgh
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A unique 16th century turreted castle in the Scottish Borders offering castle tours and use of the grounds and children's play area. Thirlestane Castle is now closed for the winter season. Our open dates for 2018 are Sunday - Thursday from 30 April - 30 September from 10am to 4pm. Thirlestane can also be used for weddings and events, along with holiday lets through use of the castle's luxury Lauderdale Apartment.
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Thirlestane Castle | Scottish Borders, Lauder TD2 6RU, Scotland
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+44 1578 722430
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"tea room"
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"plaster ceilings"
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"well worth a visit"
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"tour guide"
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"volunteer guides"
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"grounds are beautiful"
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"state rooms"
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"historical importance"
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"ancestral home"
in 2 reviews
"soup"
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"pleasant visit"
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"two floors"
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"answer any questions"
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"lovely location"
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"scones"
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"caravan site"
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"interesting place"
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Reviewed yesterday

A fascinating castle with links to some of the most important periods in Scottish history. The guides present throughout the building were well-informed, friendly and helpful. The accounts of the lives of the Maitland and Maitland-Carew families were interesting and educational. A very worthwhile visit.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Thirlestane has a real sense of history; the architectural details such as the remarkably ornate plasterwork, some of the furniture, the historical portraits and the old kitchen and servants details span the centuries. At the same time, it also gives the impression that it is...More

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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your very kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and found lots of interesting things to look at. Life as a servant in the castle was certainly a different world to what we're used to now.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited this amazing castle to take the tour around and we were amazed at how lovely this building is, a lot of restoration has taken place and a lot still needs to be done but they are doing a marvellous job! A big thank...More

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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so glad you enjoyed your tour of the castle and your visit to Thirlestane. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review/

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautifully kept with many interesting features especially the ornate ceilings and some of the doors. Staff were on hand to explain the history of the Castle and answer any questions but were equally happy to let us wander and discover for ourselves.

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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad you had an enjoyable visit. Thank you for writing such a lovely review. We hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful tour guide who took time to tell us about the castle and it's history. She was very informed and shared a lot of interesting information and incidents making the tour more interesting. It was a great experience to tour the house...More

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

Thank you so much for such a lovely review and for taking the time to write it. We will pass on your compliments to all here at the castle. We hope to welcome you again when you have a little more time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thirlestane Castle was lovely especially so because of the volunteers who do the work and told me much about the castle, the previous inhabitants, the history. They knew the little things and they were passionate. The castle looks just like fresh out of Scottish History....More

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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your very kind comments and for taking the time to share them with us. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you again soon. I will pass on your compliments to our wonderful volunteers.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited many castles and stately homes over the years and Thirlestane is certainly not the oldest, biggest or best but we have never been made to feel as welcome as we did today. The staff were highly knowledgeable, were keen to share their...More

Thank louise951
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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy to hear that you had a lovely day at Thirlestane Castle. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I will pass on your compliments to the guides and also to the cleaners. We are in the process of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting family in Lauder and staying on the attached caravan site a visit to the castle was a must. What a fantastic place, lots to see, plenty of information about the castle history and its contents easily to hand and staff available for further help....More

Thank Tony L
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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We love to hear about people's visits to the castle and we are glad you had a good day.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We visited the Castle today as it featured in the Gardeners World 2 for 1 guide. The lady at the entrance made us aware that the rose garden had been dug up, but the guide also said there is extensive parkland to explore. In fact...More

Thank Pauline T
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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much for coming to visit Thirlestane Castle. Regrettably we lost many of our roses due to the long winter so are taking the opportunity to re-landscape our gardens. We apologise that you weren't made aware of this and you didn't enjoy your...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

My partner booked the accommodation at the castle for my birthday. The apartment was perfect, spacious, clean and just wonderful. Anita the housekeeper for the castle couldn’t do enough to make our stay and also my birthday a memorable weekend including a private tour of...More

Thank matt402
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We are thrilled your birthday weekend was such an enjoyable experience and we will pass on your compliments to Anita. Many happy returns from all the staff! We hope to welcome you back...More

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ROBERT R
26 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
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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