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Address: | Scottish Borders, Lauder TD2 6RU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1578 722430
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A unique 16th century castle in the Scottish Borders which has undergone a...

A unique 16th century castle in the Scottish Borders which has undergone a 2 year restoration project. In 2016 the castle is open from 3 May - 2 October every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm (last admission) and offers castle tours and use of the grounds and children's play area. Thirlestane can also be used for weddings and events, along with holiday lets through use of the castle's luxury Lauderdale Apartment. Please feel welcome to look at our website for further information and contact details.

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Finally visited this castle after many trips to Scotland. Never thought it would be worth the drive and time but boy was I wrong! The volunteer who greeted us was so friendly and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
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Lenoir, N. Carolina
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Lenoir, N. Carolina
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Finally visited this castle after many trips to Scotland. Never thought it would be worth the drive and time but boy was I wrong! The volunteer who greeted us was so friendly and knowledgeable. She told interesting stories about the "home" and not just old facts. There was so much too see and enjoy in the castle. If going to... More 

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

What a wonderful five-star review. Thank you so much for describing Thirlestane as a must-see attraction in the Scottish Borders. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. More 

Alexandria, Louisiana
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273 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We were on our way to Melrose Abbey and saw the sign for this castle. We made a detour visit and glad we did. The castle is totally intact and looks more like an estate than a defensive type battle castle. It is packed with history....old and new....and includes visits by Queen Elizabeth! The estate has been in the same... More 

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your spontaneous visit Thirlestane Castle. Thank you so much for your kind comments. More 

York
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Eye-catching red sandstone Scots baronial pile so afflicted by dry rot the family has had to flee to a nearby farmhouse. Don't let that put you off because conservationists are slowly winning the battle. Shame the upper two floors are both unrestored and off limits. The Friends of Thirlstane are on hand (though not in great numbers) to provide information... More 

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to post a review of your visit to Thirlestane. Thank you for highlighting the restoration work the Trust has been undertaking for a number of years. Thank you for your support. More 

Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

A wonderful place to visit, enhanced by Jean's extensive knowledge of the site and charismatic personality

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

Very kind of you to post such a positive five-star review. We were delighted to welcome you to Thirlestane Castle and hope you will return again soon. More 

Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Six of us had a really informative tour of the castle - what Jean doesn't know about the castle and the family's history isn't worth knowing! Parking right up at the castle. Lovely welcome from local volunteers who clearly have a great passion and commitment to Thirlestane. Very pleasant cafe, gift shop, facilities and grounds to walk in. There's a... More 

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Thirlestane Castle and I'll make sure I pass on your kind remarks to the rest of the team. Hope to see you all again soon. More 

Aberdour, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

I am a big fan of visiting large country houses, but tend to avoid it with my children- ages 9 and 12. However, Thirlstane was not only good value as these places go - £20 for a family, plus extra discount if staying at the campsite - but had plenty to keep the children from being bored. Exciting history from... More 

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

That's wonderful you and your family all enjoyed your time at Thirlestane Castle. Many thanks for your five-star review. More 

Hove, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Very interesting visit. Lovely welcome from all the staff, who were very helpful and informative. Lots to see, especially the exquisite ceilings and many paintings. It's a shame so few people get to see it... if you get the opportunity make sure you take it! We will certainly be back.

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to post this fantastic review. Thanks for helping us let more people know about Thirlestane Castle, and we look forward to welcoming you back. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Our group visit to this excellent,historic,family castle was enjoyed by all. We were welcomed by guides who were helpful and interesting. Oak panelled rooms, interesting paintings, antique furniture and amazing plaster ceilings by George Dunsterfield to be seen. Very good Tea room with delicious soup and sandwiches.

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear how much you and the rest of your group enjoyed visiting Thirlestane Castle. Thanks for your kind comments. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Lovely time at thirlestane castle.The friendly welcome by the ticket seller and all staff helped make a good visit.The interior is spectacular..worth seeing...the ceilings amazing...

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

I'm glad you find time to visit Thirlestane Castle when you were in the Scottish Borders. We hope you will return next time you are in the area. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

From the welcome on the gate by a very elegant lady (who we took to be the 'lady of the house') to the lovely welcome from Jean in the lobby of the house, we were charmed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of those who work at Thirlstane. It's clear they each have a passion for the house and its history,... More 

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Lucy C, Marketing and Communications Manager at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this review

What a fantastic five-star review. Thank you so much for sharing your kind words. I'll make sure I let the team know how much you enjoyed your time at Thirlestane. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. More 

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