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“Excellent place to spend the day.”
Review of Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle
Ranked #2 of 50 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We usually seek out National Trust properties but, as Drumlanrig Castle was on our holiday route, thought it looked an interesting place to try.

The house is full of interest and it was brought to life by an excellent tour guide who knew his stuff, conveyed his knowledge with style and fielded every question effortlessly.

We only had (excellent) tea and cake in the tearoom but the menu looked interesting and reasonably priced.

The formal gardens and wider grounds were beautiful - immaculately kept with interesting features.

Thank Meldrew1950
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"adventure playground"
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"guided tour"
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"beautiful gardens"
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"tea room"
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"formal gardens"
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"craft shops"
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"stately home"
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"stable block"
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"house tour"
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"art collection"
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"cycle hire"
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"well worth a visit"
in 35 reviews
"out of season"
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"mountain bike"
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"bike shop"
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"light lunch"
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

we liked the area and surroundings..We had a tour of the castle but unfortunately the guide was a very poor speaker and we had difficulty hearing her . She did not give us enough info and always started her talk before all the people were in the room ...so poor stuff and not value for money

Thank karen40-93
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Visited Drumlanrig Castle on Friday 30th May 2014. Tickets cost £8 each for two students and allowed us to go on a tour of the castle and visit the gardens. Our tour guide was wonderul (if I remember correctly, I believe his name was Ralph), very informative and friendly. He allowed us to ask questions about anything and everything that caught our eye, which was great! The castle tour was wonderful, full of beautiful and priceless objects.
You are not allowed to take photos inside the castle due to insurance reasons, but there are plenty of opportunities to take lovely photos when outside.
We went to the cafe after our tour for a bite to eat, which was delicious, if a little pricey. They make really nice coffee!

The gardens were very pretty and full of colour, they looked glorious in the sunshine. You can tell just how much work goes into keeping them looking neat. Huge expanses of lawn to stroll about on and little trails to adventure down.

All in all, one of the most pleasant days out I have had in a long time!

Thank JoanneM858
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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.

Thank hilaryandray
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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.

Thank PastTimesWriter
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