We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
Website
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$38.09*
and up
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 575 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 330
    Excellent
  • 168
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Very worthwhile visit. Well preserved and well presented semi ruined castle

Must be the best ruined castle to visit in the South of Scotland. Most, drawbridge, multi level, lots of info and a great wee visitor centre and cafe. Play park for kids too when... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Andy P
,
Nowhere, Oklahoma, United States
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

575 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 541: English reviews
Nowhere, Oklahoma, United States
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Must be the best ruined castle to visit in the South of Scotland. Most, drawbridge, multi level, lots of info and a great wee visitor centre and cafe. Play park for kids too when they've had enoug. And a bonus 2nd castle site just a short woodland walk away. If possible come on a dry day like we did. We... More 

Helpful?
Thank Andy P
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the caerlaverock revamped cafe this week as a family. The young staff who served us were lovely. They were chatty without being intrusive, informative about the menu and genuinely went out of their way to make our visit very pleasant. The variety found on the menu was very good and competitively priced. You are surrounded by artifacts from... More 

Helpful?
Thank Happyhomemaker93
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

5 or six miles from Dumfries you will find Caerlaverlock castle The drive here along the river Nith at low water shows vast sand banks so when we arrive at the castle the older ruin did not have the tidal inlet water near it Ruins are in fantastic condition in the newer castle with plenty of rooms and stairwells to... More 

Helpful?
Thank JZoopa
Cupar, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great wee castle, with good audio visual and dressing up clothes for kids. Also short walk to previous castle foundations.

Helpful?
Thank karenmarj
Dundee, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

explored the castle on our trip, loved it full of history well worth a wee visit if you like exploring

Helpful?
Thank Maria M
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit - good family day out -lots of free play area for kids - won't recommend that you visit on a cold windy day as the area is quite exposed. Cafe near the castle is good but I would recommend taking a picnic basket -lovely big open grass area.

Helpful?
Thank travel123955
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

beautiful castle surrounded wild landscape.You can plan a walk around, and later enjoy the coffee shop where the staff is so friendly and kind. Well worth a visit

Helpful?
Thank mmaria707
Cheltenham
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

beautiful castle and grounds we happend to go when it was closed so couldn't actually go in the castle so just walked around it with the kids and got some great picture definitely be going back to see it when it does open as we really would love to go in it xx

Helpful?
Thank bangtidy6
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the castle was an unplanned excursion for my friend and I who had met up with friends from England staying in Gretna. Before driving back to Glasgow we thought we would be at least one historical thing to visit and Caerlaverock Castle ended up being the highlight of the day! It was fantastic to see a castle that you... More 

Helpful?
Thank weefoodtour
Level Contributor
111 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love history, the slights, the smells, the little chisel marks made on the stones nearly 1000 years ago. It all made us who we are today. It reminds me how far we've come, since the days when most of your time was spent gathering wood to keep warm and food to eat, and not check Facebook all the time.... More 

Helpful?
Thank G T

Travellers who viewed Caerlaverock Castle also viewed

Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway
Eastriggs, Dumfries and Galloway
 
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway
 

Been to Caerlaverock Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Caerlaverock Castle and other visitors
10 questions
Ask a question
Wigan
over a year ago
Downham Market, United Kingdom
over a year ago
Morpeth
over a year ago

See all questions (10)

Questions? Get answers from Caerlaverock Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?