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Caerlaverock Castle

13km south east of Dumfries on the B725, DG1 4RU, Scotland
+44 (0)1387 770 244
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Owner description: With it's moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is a Maxwell stronghold and the epitome of the medieval fortress.... more » Owner description: With it's moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is a Maxwell stronghold and the epitome of the medieval fortress. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into border conflicts.Includes siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park, a nature trail and a children's trail. The Castle is connected by footpath to the adjacent National Nature Reserve. Cafe open daily in summer and Sat & Sun in winter. « less
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Sevierville, Tennessee
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I proposed to my wife in this castle its truly a magical place. She is from the states and I wanted to show her a proper castle one thats well maintained and not with all the fan fair of the ones on the tour routes. Its worth the drive to see!

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

One of the famous castles in Scotland, off the beaten track but worth a visit. Good ruins and nice walks in the area around the castle. The castle itself is small but well preserved, just a pity more of it hasn't survived. Staff were friendly especially the gentleman in the shop. Didn't try the cafe but soup smelt amazing. Also... More

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N. Ireland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

We visited this beautiful ruin just to stretch our legs after a long drive. We were very impressed with the ruin and big house within complete with mote. We spent an hour running around on all the various levels and looking out at the beautiful countryside. There is another older ruin further into the site but sadly we hadn't the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We were travelling from Scotland to England and decided to take a detour to visit the castle. It's about 30-40 minutes off the M74\M6. The castle is beautiful and well maintained and the kids were happy to finally see a castle with a real moat. A short walk down a country lane takes you to the foundation of the original... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is a very beautiful and unusual castle. I walked around the grounds for hours to see it from every angle. I love that the moat was filled with water! You could almost hear the echos of the past. It was an architecturally fascinating ruin. The day we were there the staff was very friendly and helpful.

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manchester
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67 reviews 67 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We drove there on a rainy Sunday afternoon and decided to walk around what promised to be a lovely castle. We didn't have the time to leave the car that a member of the staff told us that we had to pay. We said we didn't want to visit the castle just walk around the park. He then grumpily clarified... More

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Bang Tao Beach, Thailand
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

An unusual and very attractive 13th century moated castle on the south east coast of Scotland in Dumfries. Its proximity to the English border meant that it was a strategically important stronghold with a trurbulent history. Fortunately the imposing twin towered entrance remains intact along with most of the walls. It presents a very photogenic location and well worth a... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We went to the tearoom on a cold December afternoon to walk our dog and have a cup of tea. The very rude lady demanded we paid admission charge even though we didn't go in the castle or on the grounds for parking in the car park. There were 4 of us so she wanted to charge us £22. After... More

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UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Triangular based castle with passageways and intact sections. There is a small visitor centre, shop an cafe. Staff were very friendly and knowledgable.

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Spent the best part of a day here, the castle is fascinating with lots to explore and some great photo opportunities, theres also a very good outdoor play area and a number of walks including a short walk to the site of the original castle were remains can be seen. Theres a small visitor centre with displays and costumes to... More

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