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Address: Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
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With it's moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements,...

With it's moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is a Maxwell stronghold and the epitome of the medieval fortress. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into border conflicts.Includes siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park, a nature trail and a children's trail. The Castle is connected by footpath to the adjacent National Nature Reserve. Cafe may have restricted opening hours in winter.

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A fascinating glimpse of bygone times. You get a real feel of how life was in this lovingly restored castle. The visitor centre is instructive and loaded with facts and info. Do... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped off on the way home to visit this unusual castle. We didn't have time to go into the castle and only wanted to take a few photos and be on our way. We were chased across the grass by the attendant and asked to pay. I explained we couldn't stay long so wouldn't be requiring entry to the... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating glimpse of bygone times. You get a real feel of how life was in this lovingly restored castle. The visitor centre is instructive and loaded with facts and info. Do walk beyond the castle to the site of the original cast and on again to the marshland for a sense of the huge challenge posed for invaders.

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle had a medieval day on when I visited and I have to say it was one of the best days I have had. Some amenities are near such as cafe for tea and biscuits but i would say pack a small easy to carry picnic

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely afternoon out. Yes it was raining but we still managed to explore the castle, surrounding woodland and also the older castle footprint. Cafe warm and inviting with very fresh and local menu. Great soup and sandwiches. Staff friendly and chatty. Great little info/museum room with child's dress up.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cas This triangle shaped castle is well worth a visit if you are in the area, it had been renovated into a large mansion at one time and there is some interesting masonry work to view,. There is a very good tea room too,.,.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If your looking for a day out here you will be sadly disappointed, the sign posts to the castle are non existent after a point, and you have to pay to park but I didn't see anywhere that notified us, the lady from inside the gift shop came out to tell us, there is a tea shop which we didn't... More 

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Thanks for getting in touch I am sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your trip to our castle. The admission ticket to gives you access to Renaissance façade of the 17th Century Mansion house , our Siege Themed exhibition room with examples of medieval leather work and pottery, a video based on the Siege of 1300, awalkway through the... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Over the moat on the drawbridge you're free to roam the castle. There are no live guides in evidence in the castle but each area has an explanatory information plaque. Perhaps buy a guidebook at the shop where you pay the entrance fee before you walk down to the castle, if you like to know what you're looking at. The... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this castle & grounds a few weeks ago. Very picturesque especially with the filled moat. I am not very mobile so couldn't climb inside the castle but enjoyed what I saw. Pretty well kept grounds and cottages as well. I understand there are lovely walks through woods and to the old castle foundations. Very interestingt history and nice... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A piece of Scottish history but not really that impressive. The best part is the filled moat but to be honest we'd seen the interior in about 10 minutes. We could have walked on further to see the old castle but my feet were wet as there was no direct path to the castle, had to walk across wet grass.... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this as part of our honeymoon and we are glad we did. Very picturesque. Takes you back to their age. The lady in the shop was great, friendly and very helpful

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