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“Tour guide, Nicola, knows her stuff!”
Review of Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle
Ranked #2 of 47 things to do in Dumfries
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Set on the spectacular 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle presents one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and an internationally renowned art collection. Beyond the castle are over 40 acres of enchanting gardens and a wide range of activities including walking, mountain biking, adventure playground, wildlife watching, Scottish Cycle Museum, Landrover tours, Ranger-led walks, events programme as well as shopping and catering.
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Olney, United Kingdom
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“Tour guide, Nicola, knows her stuff!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Staying at Friars Carse Hotel just down the road, we felt duty bound to check out Drumlanrig Castle. The weather fortunately was glorious and undoubtedly added to our visit, particularly, of course, our view of the grounds, but the highlight was the guided tour of the inside of the castle. Once again we were particularly lucky to be the only ones booked and so had a personal tour escorted by the very knowledgeable, Nicola. As an archivist at the castle as well as a guide, she really knew her stuff and we spent a fascinating hour or so learning all about the castle's history and it's treasures. The setting of the castle is beautiful and the gardens lovely. Well worth the visit.

Visited May 2014
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“Set Tours for House”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

To tour the house you must sign up for a tour. It is totally guided. The guides are full of information and willing to answer any questions you might have. The estate has an amazing collection of paintings and it is worth a visit on its own.
Once you have finished your tour you might want to have something to eat in their cafe. This is an order service.
It is worth spending several hours here.

Visited May 2014
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Before you reach the estate there are ancient woods and the River Nith tumbles down the valley. The entrance is along a beautiful avenue and the castle sits at the top. Good parking and lots of picnic benches, plus walks and trails through the estate.
Take the Castle tour- the guide is informative and the treasures must be seen , especially the pictures. The rooms are outstanding , with wonderful views to the gardens.
All in all a great day out.

Visited April 2014
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“Great place to visit”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We went on Easter Sunday and were blessed with good weather so the grounds were just beautiful to stroll around, with manicured lawns and woodland walks. We also took the 45-50 minute tour of the castle as well which was very informative and geared to the varying ages in the small group. I don't know with all the stairs if it is suitable for elderly or those in a wheelchair, having said that I do believe there is a lift which may be available in those circumstances - worth checking beforehand. The small café served very nice cake but sadly not my usual cappuccino. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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“worth a visit”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

This was very interesting as we did the tour. Nice and reasonably priced café. The ground are amazing but sadly on the day we visited the weather was rather poor so being faint hearted we did not venture very far. It was a shame that on a bank holiday weekend the little workshops were not open

Visited May 2014
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