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Dirleton Castle & Garden

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Address: Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 850330
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Description: Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved...
Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved ruins. Cross the deep moat guarded by high walls and an imposing tower, glancing up at the 'murder hole' above your head. Look for the vaulted dome inside the 1249 tower, the grim prison and pit and the 1550s 'beehive' dovecote. Discover stories of sieges, nobility and witchcraft.
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Beautiful castle and gardens

The gardens are lovely and the castle very interesting. Lots of ruins to explore. Definitely worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Winchester
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The gardens are lovely and the castle very interesting. Lots of ruins to explore. Definitely worth a visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

This is our 2nd time here.The weather was rubbish but did not spoil our visit. Lovely grounds and a stunning castle.Don't forget the dovecot to the left. There is a lot to see so give yourself at least an hour. Staff nice especially had to put up with my grumpy,as I was set,nature. Please note no public toilets on site... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This has a nice garden to approach by and is then a very good castle with three families having built various parts. There is a lot to see and explore and it contrasts well with the more aggressive Tantallon near by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Was here last Saturday. It is situated in a lovely village. The ruins are excellent and each part has a picture board giving you an insight into how it was years ago. You can get into various parts of the ruins eg dovecot, kitchens, main hall underground quarters etc. a torch would be handy in some areas. The gardens and... More 

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Of the two castle ruins either side of North Berwick (the other is Tantallon) this is less fortress-like and imposing. That said it still has plenty of attractions and I was easily able to spend over 90 minutes without wandering the gardens - it was closing for the day and I had to leave! Practicalities first - it’s on the... More 

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We had a lovely day out here on Saturday. The castle is in a gorgeous wee village & there is plenty parking. It was a gorgeous day so we took a picnic and eat in the gardens. The staff were very friendly and there was a show on telling us about life in the castle in the past. The castle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Beautiful gardens with beautiful blooms and a fantastic castle to explore, plenty of fun for kids, great day out for all ages

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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you like a bit of history you'll love this castle! The information boards with reconstruction sketches are brilliant - you can stand and imagine everything all around you as it would have been in past centuries. Kids love running around hiding and exploring. The gardens were not up to much but I imagine in summer they would be lovely.... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This ruined castle dominates the picture postcard village in which it's situated. Quite a lot of the ruin remains intact, so there are plenty of nooks and corners to explore. The gardens are beautiful and the staff very friendly.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I came here the week before Christmas with my 6 year old son and mother. There was no one else here during our visit which made the day much more enjoyable. My son loved running through all the passage ways, winding staircases, and peeking through the murder holes! It was like he was transported back in time. The views were... More 

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