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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 yesterday

nice old castle 1/2 hour to hour small playground can walk in grounds. castle small but well kept very nice informative.

Thank Madsamuri
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, great for kids. Easy to read information about the castle and life in it through the ages . Great choice of delicious food available in the tea rooms.

Thank Keith R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle itself is a pretty good intact shell, complete with an impressive moat. I'd seen the majority of it in about 10 minutes though, but then I'm not a history buff and I had a child and dog to look after. The children's play...More

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 1 week ago

A meandering drive from Dumfries along little country roads but worth the time to get there. The weather wasn't great so couldn't explore the vast woods and grounds but the castle itself was lovely and interesting to read about the unique triangular shape and the...More

Thank Robbie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is just a wonderful place to visit if you are in the area you must go! It is such an interesting day out

Thank Mistybev
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love history and found the castle and grounds very interesting allowed dogs as well which I thought was good

Thank nickbag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good family day out.Great castle Lovely grounds and walk through the woods.we visit often. Excellent value with a Historic Scotland Membership. Fantastic knights and jousting event.

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first castle in Scotland! It was a meandering drive from Dumfries and we just made it through an overhang but was well worth it. We meanered for a couple of hours.

Thank SandyFord16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Castle changes colour with the weather, beautiful to take pictures of at any time, lovely walks through the Nature reserve

Thank Trackerh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting triangular castle set inside a moat with beautiful wild grounds. Apparently a unique design, with its name meaning 'fort of the skylarks'. The castle is set beside a national nature reserve and if you care to walk beyond its grounds you will see...More

Thank Daisy D
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9 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
7 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.