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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 4 days ago

We had a great time exploring this Medieval stronghold and learning all about the history. It is well worth a visit. There is also a great cafe where you can stop for a cuppa or for lunch a building next to it where you can...More

Thank Jacqueline M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Caerlaverock Castle is so picturesque. A triangular castle, surrounded by two moats and with the added bonus of a Renaissance ornamental facade inside. Not to mention a woodland walk to the remains of an older castle.

Thank Soupdragon56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are member of the Historic Scotland and whilst visiting Dumfries decided to spend our Sunday morning here. Beautiful castle and gardens. We visited the tea room and the cream tea was to die for. Will return again!

Thank jackiebrownx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely triangular castle in a spectacular location with a moat . Lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Lovely coffee shop and friendly staff.

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle sits in a very lovely setting. There isn't much, as far as a tour is concerned. But it is a nice place to take a walk and enjoy the scenery. Stop if you are in the area but don't go out of your...More

Thank sweatshop51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For us this was exciting because it was in our family hundreds of years ago since the Maxwell's are our ancestors and the gift shop hostess was very nice. It's nothing like a Stirling Castle but it's truly real and the Annandale area is nice.

Thank Brent C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived very late, after the time to get into the castle, but still in time to take external photos. It rained intermittently, but occasionally the late afternoon light would break through and light up the castle. We even got a rainbow after the rain....More

Thank sgphoto
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours in and around the castle. A very interesting place, with excellent information boards. A beautiful setting, too.

Thank Rosalind W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arranged to visit the castle with other family members who were also in the UK at the same time. It was a special day for us all and we weren't disappointed. The castle is fantastic! It was suggested we walk around from the left...More

Thank Leah M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Caerlaverock is a bit off the beaten track and you don't get the road signs until you almost there. The main castle is in ruins but very historic. However, there is an older castle through the wood at the back, of which the outline can...More

Thank Neil L
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21 September 2017|
Response from fssutton1 | Reviewed this property |
Go look at the site info.
19 September 2017|
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Response from Madsamuri | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any height restrictions you can park close and walk in thogh if required.
Rachael S
4 September 2017|
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Response from Travelartgolf | Reviewed this property |
Very good question - the hours change from October to late March. It closes earlier @ 4 pm. This makes me think the cafe would be open. I bet soup would be good there. When we were there this summer it was packed. Check the... More