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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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Great historic ruined castle

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... read more

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

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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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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Richmond, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Direction Castle and gardens was a great find! Good value, helpful and friendly staff. It was great to be able to explore the whole castle . Kids will love it!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Stopped off on the way back to seton sands. The castle itself was very nice the grounds were also laid out nicely but at the time of year there was not much to see but I bet it would be fantastic in the summer

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

so much to see and experience. I loved the dovecot...was totally amazed at this building in the castle grounds. gardens will be beautiful when flowers are at their best when the summer arrives. Had a great day

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Prestonpans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Went to Dirleton on a coolish March morning with my wife and 2 year old and it was fantastic. The staff couldn't have been friendlier and the grounds were immaculate even though it is very early in the year. The castle itself is very explorable with good descriptions of the rooms and excellent access to many levels. The play park... More 

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

The castle and grounds are beautifully maintained and well presented with illustrative boards all round the building explaining the developing history of the site. As a castle it is a bit difficult for anyone with mobility problems but access to the main spaces is not impossible. A real sense of the place is is still evident and you can imagine... More 

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Stopped off at Dirleton on our way to Dunbar. was delighted when we could take our dog with us round the castle. lots of rooms to explore as well as gardens. although we went in March and the gardens are still sleeping for winter, it was a tranquil place to walk around and enjoy.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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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