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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 weeks ago

wonderful experience .... history come to life. Exploring climbing photographing all for our memories when we arrive home.

Thank Paula G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

3 sided castle which is just stunning.... there on a mildly wet morning, but still so nice. The girl there was most friendly and helpful.

Thank Donald A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting to read and see the remains of the turbulent history of the Scottish border and the part my ancestors played in it. Fabulous to see what remains after orders to destroy it, and how well it is looked after now.

Thank baretsmiths
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another tick off the Bucket List, but what amazed me was the nesting birds, totally oblivious to the visitors wandering past them as they sat on their nests. Very well kept place. Helpful staff

Thank Lesley B
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Not just another ruined castle...Glad this was part of my tour, well worth the admission. The facilities near the shop were clean and staff very friendly, this was included as part of a day tour for me but even if you're withoit a guide anyone...More

Thank LoveMelb
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful building set on a moat. Even nicer inside. Amazing history which has been beautiful preserved. The building was fantastic and it's detail. Lots of different floor to discover. Nicest castle I've been around. Interesting museum as well about the amazing history. Worth ever penny....More

Thank Charlottepuss
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We came across the castle by taking a wrong turning and we are so glad we did. Lovely grounds ideal for a picnic, nice tearoom with gift shops. The castle ruins were spectacular and interesting. It is home to many birds. The girls from "Go...More

Thank Anne L
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Great little castle, with a moat! Beautiful views of the countryside and the wooded area from the towers. Lovely tea shop and historic Scotland shop onsite.

Thank LindaM20175
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

This castle is well-worth the drive. It is situated in a swampy moat and the surroundings are beautiful. You can go in the castle and go up a few stories. There is als a small interpretive display complete with short video.

Thank kayakerjeff
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

An excellent little castle, which is unusually triangular and made of a local red stone with a moat. Great little wander around. Don't forget the old for just up the hill a bit. Good tearooms and facilities with an Historic Scotland shop.

Thank Ken R
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8 June 2017|
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Response from Sheen1968 | Reviewed this property |
As long as they are under control I believe
1 May 2017|
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Response from JZoopa | Reviewed this property |
There is a lodge to pay to access the castle and grounds
6 April 2017|
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Response from JBs_Adventures | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I went today and it was £6.00 per adult. It closed at 5pm today. Regards.