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Caerlaverock Castle

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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
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"tony robinson"
in 24 reviews
"historic scotland"
in 28 reviews
"triangular shape"
in 15 reviews
"nature reserve"
in 20 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 55 reviews
"ticket office"
in 10 reviews
"water filled"
in 9 reviews
"short film"
in 11 reviews
"scottish heritage"
in 8 reviews
"tea room"
in 35 reviews
"woodland walk"
in 10 reviews
"gift shop"
in 30 reviews
"interesting history"
in 14 reviews
"beautiful setting"
in 13 reviews
"information boards"
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"on site"
in 22 reviews
"walk around"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The castle is interesting insofar as it is triangular in shape and is surrounded by a moat. It is very picturesque and is situated very near the coast south of Dumfries. In fact the remains of the first castle 200 yards nearer the sea are...More

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t miss the older castle and the very good exhibition as well as the castle itself. And the recommendation by enthusiastic staff member Sarah for the scones in the tearoom was spot-on! Even on a dull or rainy day, well worth the journey.

Thank WARDROBER
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great castle to walk through, incredibly charming and not overrun with tourists. Beautiful setting for a picnic, or to just spend some time looking at the surrounding farmland. Cafe, bathrooms, and free parking.

Thank vanbaggs
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

National heritage cards accepted. As this is a small castle you only need under an hour here. There is a nice cafe and free parking.

Thank GPhillipsMBE
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We will have to go back... was closed Christmas Day... but, I took some great photos of the out side. Truly amazing!

Thank Robin w
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on the one sunny day of our holiday and were not disappointed. Beautiful castle in lovely setting, this a proper castle. Lovely walks for dog and 13 year old not too grown-up to enjoy exploring everywhere! Very friendly and helpful staff and good tea...More

Thank Martin M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had some spare time on our last day. Good visit reasonably priced for the time taken. £6 per adult took about an hour. Had cafe on site but we did not use. Parking was free

Thank trayhay
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best food in dumfries large portions you will struggle if you have a starter first really good value

Thank justthebiz
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had put Caerlaverock on our list of places to visit if we could fit it in. So glad we did. I enjoyed walking up, down and around in this old and beautiful castle, checking out the stone carvings and trying to imagine the past...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main castle is probably the best example of its type with a great story of change over the years. in the woods the foundations of the original castle have been excavated and presented to complete the story. You can also have a walk to...More

Thank eleanor m
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Mathieson1988
27 March 2018|
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Response from Brielle5374 | Reviewed this property |
You would get a taster in a short time, but it is a bit of a drive out of Dumfries, if you have only a short time to spend.
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Kristi S
21 January 2018|
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Response from Jade W |
No the castle is situated far out of any bus route
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Kristi S
21 January 2018|
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Response from caleytt | Reviewed this property |
Sorry no idea we were by car
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