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Dirleton Castle & Garden

Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
01620 850 330
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Dirleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Wellington, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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Stirling, United Kingdom
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81 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a charming castle with many rooms to explore in a castle of this condition. You can just imagine Lords and Ladies strolling round the beautiful gardens and playing bowls. The information boards were easy to follow and helped flesh out your understanding of the rooms. My family loved it and are still talking about it.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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36 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is one of my favourite castles and I've seen a few. The gardens are a real delight, beautifully planted and the long bridge up to the castle makes for a dramatic entrance. Inside there is a labyrinth of rooms to explore, both above and below ground. Lots of spiral staircases going up and down with twists and turns and... More

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Crook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

In abeautiful location in an attractive village. Excellent gardens, world famous longest herbacious borders. Join English Heritage or Historic Scotland and get in free or half price. Good value for money. Incredible centuries of history well displayed. Great views

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Just 2.3 miles from North Berwick, Dirleton Castle is a must - even if you are not particularly interested in castles. The gardens are immaculate, the herbaceous border quite extraordinary even in latelate August-Early September. The entrance fee s £4.40 for concessionaries and, I think, £5.50 for adults. The castle is imposing and what makes it most interesting are the... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Visited a few castles in England and France and this is one of the best I have visited! Lovely gardens with lots of variety and colour. Ancient trees. Not too big so our 0,3 & 6 year old loved it. Information boards really informative and not too long winded so all the family learnt something. Able to explore all the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Most castles are rather imposing and smack of warfare. Dirleton is a delightful alternative that gives people an idea of more domestic life in the past. The gardens are a particular feature with the deep herbaceous borders, sadly a wee bit battered after a few days of heavy wind and rain before we arrived. The formal garden was in fine... More

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