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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 2014
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Its fantastic that you can actually wander around this castle its so much more impressive than just staring from a distance. The staff are very pleased to offer you information and also promoted an exchange ticket service to upgrade ro visit 9 Historic Scotland sites for the price of 2. Very useful and there's no expiry date either. The food... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My daughter got married at this little ruined castle - it was incredibly special! We returned the day after the wedding to have a proper look at the castle, and we loved it. The castle is quite small, quite unusual, with a small shop and tearooms. There is an audio story of the castle's history, and some 'historic' clothes for... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
44 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Just a short fifteen-minute drive from Clarencefield this beautiful golden castle takes your breath away. Surrounded by its moat it has two impressively tall and battlemented towers and is - totally triangular ! Inside are crooked rooms and stairways, ornate carvings and the sixteenth century range of Nithsdale Lodgings, but to the south is a huge absence of castle caused... More

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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My self and my kids (grown up now with their own kids ) have always liked castles and on our recent holiday to Scotland we went to Caerlaverock castle. I have always wanted to go to this castle ever since I first seen a photo of it. Every now and then we come across a castle that just seems to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

This great little castle has an unusual triangular shape and some fantastic carvings. The moat and grounds are lovely too. The highlight though was the activities provided as part of a family medieval themed weekend: archery, toy jousting, sword fight demonstrations and a whole range of games from the Middle Ages.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

A very interesting historical location for grown-ups. A small exhibition with a Tony Robinson presented film. Great for the kids to run around and explore. Nice shop and on-site cafe. Well worth the (rather nice) half hour drive from Dumfries.

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Lovely drive from Dumfries along the river ninth to arrive at this wonderful castle with a bonus of a short boardwalk walk to the original ruins of the first castle. Caerlavorock is pretty unique in castle terms and and well worth a visit, especially on a warm afternoon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed our trip here, great to see such an old building. Many interesting features. Nice visitor centre for background information on the history of the castle.

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Milton Keynes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visited here whilst staying in Dumfries. The castle is about a 20 minute drive from the centre of town however the drive is pleasant with picturesque country roads. Upon arrival was greeted by the pleasant staff who were happy to chat and discuss what was available. When in the castle we were left to our own devices and this was... More

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We diverted on the road South via some pretty tight country roads but found Caerlaverock and were very impressed with the vista of the huge Castle set in it's Moat. Entry was reasonable and facilities - cafe and toilets very nice. The Castle is beside them and easy for anyone to walk in minutes. Very photogenic ruins and a fascinating... More

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