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Address: Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
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With it's moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements,...

With it's moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is a Maxwell stronghold and the epitome of the medieval fortress. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into border conflicts.Includes siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park, a nature trail and a children's trail. The Castle is connected by footpath to the adjacent National Nature Reserve. Cafe may have restricted opening hours in winter.

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lovely caastle in a lovely setting. dog friendly

a typical ruin but very well maintained, lots of information boards dotted around a lovely little boardwalk through a small nature reserve, the toilets were clean and the cafe was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
151maggiet
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North Shields, United Kingdom
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North Shields, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

a typical ruin but very well maintained, lots of information boards dotted around a lovely little boardwalk through a small nature reserve, the toilets were clean and the cafe was nice. and I was able to take the dogs into the the ruins not just the grounds.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of our local castles and our granddaughter (11) begs us to take her. Like so many castles it is in a sad state of repair but nevertheless you can get a few floors up and see a lot of the interior. It's unusual in that it is triangular and there's still water in the moat. If you've... More 

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London
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly staff, lovely castle and fantastic tea and coffee shop, the gift shop is wonderful with all sorts and postcards also stamps for sale

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Today on my Saturday drive I visited Caerlaverock Castle tearoom for a drink of diet coke and chocolate crunch tray bake which was absolutely delicious and which I would recommend, plus the tearoom is clean and the staff are friendly. I would recommend this place

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a castle tour across Scotland and England, and this castle was one of the first we visited. The castle is in quite a remote location which adds to the charm. The site is well maintained and well worth the visit if you're in that part of Scotland.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The food in the cafe is homemade, reasonably priced and very good , the castle is lovely as is the walk to the old site

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North Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much good for children although is advertised so.Be very careful with children in the tearoom there are no barriers to where hot tea and coffee is prepared

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can trace the fortunes of Caerlaverock Castle, from the foundations of its original site, through to the ruins of its later location and the various phases it went through. A good half day out.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been before so knew what to expect but is a great piece of history. Site is well maintained and has two castle sites and a short walk in a circuit. Tea room on site which offers limited fare and can be busy at peak times, also has toilets, gift shop, small play area and exhibition room. Staff knowledgable and helpful.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If a ruined castle can be 'perfect', this is THE "perfect" castle. At first it almost looks like a Hollywood set. However, with its moat, drawbridge, towers, winding stairs, layers of architectural stylings and many nooks & crannies there is plenty to explore in these beautiful settings, with living history at the core. Once again, 'Historic Scotland' has excelled itself... More 

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