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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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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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Lots to explore, beautiful suuroundings

I love to visit castle's that have beautiful surroundings and Dirleton Castle has some lovely gardens and the castle itself has lots of places to explore. Even though we came in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
tabardedtealady
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love to visit castle's that have beautiful surroundings and Dirleton Castle has some lovely gardens and the castle itself has lots of places to explore. Even though we came in the winter it was a nice enough day so we could still see the views. Only downside, no toilets on site, so, be prepared for that.

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Thank tabardedtealady
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice small castle and gardens. We visited in winter time so the garden was kind of dead. Castle was nice but more of a ruïne. The man at the the gate was nice and more then helpfull.

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Thank Branko D
Scotland, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was easy to find in a cute little town. We visited in January and had the entire castle to ourselves. It was very neat and we were able to just walk through at our own pace. You can wonder through tiny hallways and stairwells and just explore and immerse yourself in the caste. It only costs 4.50 so i... More 

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Thank KaitDan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

It is far from the city centre but it is worth to visit it. This beautiful fortress is really damaged but really old at the same time. The garden is a must to visit as there are a lot of different flowers 🌸🌺

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Thank Angielondonct
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Another great job by Historic Scotland- we have truly enjoyed exploring all of the properties that they manage. If you're visiting in the winter months, go well before sunset as it can get quite dark in some of the enclosed spaces. I can only imagine how spectacular the gardens must look in the spring and summer. Something to come back... More 

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North West England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The gardens around the castle are worth visit themselves, and the dovecot was impressive, can't imagine 2,000 birds in there! The castle was deserted when we went round late on a November afternoon, but it is so nice to find somewhere open at this time of year.

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Thank John_Drummond
Prestonpans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Came here with my husband and 2 children who are 6 and 3. We enjoyed walking through the gardens on the way up to the castle. My 2 enjoyed exploring and reading what each room was used for. We stayed for an hour and a half

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Thank AHA2008
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Well worth the visit and the entry fee. Compact castle with loads of rooms to explore. Very well maintained site with lovely gardens. We loved that most of the castle was accessible including the doocot in the castle grounds.

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Thank JannetteGH
Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We left the house with the grandchildren heading for Tantallon Castle and stopped here on the way past. The gardens are immaculate as was the doocot. The castle was full of all sorts of nooks and crannies that utterly mesmerised the kids. A great afternoon out.

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Thank Whisky-Sandy
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Dirleton Castle is a lovely ruined 13th century castle, but I thought the best feature was the beautiful garden surrounding it. Full of a variety of plants and flowers, the garden was a pleasant place for a stroll and rest. The views of the surrounding countryside were great too. Don't miss the dovecot!

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