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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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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Beautiful and peaceful setting. We arrived early in the morning and were given a lovely welcome. The castle is quite unusual with its triangle shape and the grounds are well maintained. You can feel the history as you wander round. We also spent a few hours doing the signposted walks through the forest and salt marshlands. Well worth the effort.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Fantastic Castle, the setting is just glorious. The staff were sooooo friendly. Our two whippets were greeted with must enthusiasm and allowed on the grounds and in the castle it made a wonderful change being able to go into the castle without one of us waiting outside with the dogs. A lovely tea room and gift shop which once again... More

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Cumbria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

we visited Caerlaverock Castle on a lovely sunny day in late August. It's a three sided castle, most unusual, and later additions to the interior are fascinating. I have difficulty walking but found it relatively easy to get around, good car parking which is near and and there is a lovely tea room. They sold gluten free cake which was... More

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Eight of us visited the castle on a sunny day and it was magical. The helpful information boards showed us what the castle was like originally and after its 1600s add-ons. Lovely setting and nicely kept grounds. Followed by tea and cakes in the cafe. All well worth a visit.

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Bagley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A great castle visit during our tour of Scotland. We started by heading to the ticket office to get into the castle and were greeted by a very friendly and knowledgable member of staff. Told us some of the history and about the museum to the back of the toilets were you could get an idea of the castles history... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Loved this castle from the stunning setting, proximity to Dumfries not to mention the ease and joy of exploring turrets no matter what your age (I'm in my 30s and went along with mum and auntie both in their 60s) we arrived before 10 desperate for a coffee but just go note the cafe doesn't open 'til 10! A quick... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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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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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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