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Dirleton Castle & Garden

Address: Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
Phone Number: 01620 850 330
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Dirleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a great castle with plenty to explore, like all the best castles. There are many rooms and nooks and stairways and you could easily get lost! Most rooms have useful information boards and artists' impressions of what the spaces might have looked like. The gardens surrounding the castle are also very impressive, presumably even more so when they're... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A truly magnificent castle situated around some splendid gardens! It has an impressive cluster of towers and many interconnecting passageways. It has a wonderful grim pit prison which must have been horrendous for some poor souls. There are many huge storage vaults and the vaulted laird's room is impressive. A beautiful castle from medieval times. Very eye catching! High recommended... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Visited in November- the herbaceous border was clearly going in to hibernation, but the Castle itself was great fun to look around- brilliant access to loads of the ruined rooms and you can get to the top of the main tower! Be careful if you're not 100% steady on your feet- some of the stair cases are narrow and uneven.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Fantastically looked after castle and gardens. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. Obviously far better to visit during the summer months.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Dirleton Castle itself is not super impressive, but the gardens should be very nice in spring and summer. Unfortunately, we went on St. Andrew's Day, at the end of November, free of entry fee, and there wasn't much to see in the gardens, either. The staff was really friendly, and they dressed up as knights for a guided tour in... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We visited this attraction and had a surprisingly nice time in the gardens and exploring the ruins of the castle. As a side trip and knowing it was out of season for their gardens it was very enjoyable. I have now got a good mind to be back during Summer or Spring so I can mill around the gardens some... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

One would think that after visiting 30 plus castles and grand homes in Ireland and Scotland one would have had enough but Dirleton is pretty special - from the worlds longest herbaceous border to the moa, to the dovecot to the numerous remaining parts of the castle - well worth a visit

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Luton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

First thing to point out is that there are no public toilets here. There were toilets next to the nearby play park, but they were closed. There is a pub over the road from the castle entrance, if they allow you to use their facilities. The castle itself is situated in pleasant, well cared for gardens. The entrance to the... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Very enjoyable trip to Dirleton Castle, lots of rooms to explore, some towers to climb plus fabulous cellars and prison pit. Lacking some facilities (toilets for example) so I knocked off a point but well worth a visit

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Merthyr Tydfil
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261 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Lovely castle, building began in 1240 by John De Vaux. It is now under the care of Historic Scotland, loads of rooms to explore and we had a great visit. No toilets in castle but public toilets nearby.

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