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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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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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86 reviews 86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

First time in Dumfries. Had to ask a couple of locals for directions. Not very well signposted until you get into the bottom of the town. Drive down from Kirkcudbright is excellent. Very sunny and warm day. Once there, WOW!!!!!! We are members of Historic Scotland (no fee for members) and this is one of the very best castle ruins... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Secluded, non-commercialized area, a moat what a real castle is all about. When we went a wedding party was just finishing up. What a great setting. Really gives a feel of what castles were all about. The little tea room provided a great stop after visiting the castle and grounds. Walk around back to the old castle site.

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We visited the castle(s) yesterday in lovely warm sunshine and spent a half a day exploring the two sites. It was a very interesting few hours enhanced by the most informative guide book. If you visit don't miss the freshly baked scones in the tearoom!!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We arrived on a wet day unfortunately, however this was a nice wee castle to get around without queues of people. Interesting history and well worth a visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We visited the castle and we were there for around 2-3 hours. We had tea and cake in the cafe, bought some souvenirs in the gift shop before walking around the castle. The most exciting part about the castle is that they have opened one of the turrets and you can go up about 4 flights to the top! I... More

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

My three little grandsons have not stopped talking about it ,they were dressed as knights and the role play was serious acting ,first trip to a castle and they want to go back. There is a re-enactment there soon that brings the castle to life. The adventure play area was good but they wanted back in the castle . Under... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If you want to see a wonderful Castle "away from it all" You must go to Caerlaverock. We had a wonderful time exploring the castle. We went in May and the weather was glorious. The castle stands out in dramatic beauty against the serene backdrop. The cafe was cozy and quite delicious. The cashier was a very warm and friendly... More

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