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Caerlaverock Castle

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Address: 13km south east of Dumfries on the B725, Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1387 770 244
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Description: With it's moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements...
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.
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A spectacular area and castle

This is a beautiful place to stroll around. The triangular shaped building is so unusual and different eras have left their mark. There's an audio visual display and some super... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Brampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place to stroll around. The triangular shaped building is so unusual and different eras have left their mark. There's an audio visual display and some super posters in the cafe. The shop is good too. We'd recommend the cafe for home made soup, cakes etc. at reasonable prices.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This was a brilliant place to visit, but difficult to justify the £5.50 entry fee when it could have taken less than 10 minutes to view the whole castle and information boards. I'm sure this pays for the upkeep due to the rural location. The grounds are very pretty, and there is a picnic area and small shop and cafe.... More 

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portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Really traditional ruin of what was a very large medieval castle by the water. An atractive place to see and without the crowds.

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Caerlaverock Castle is unusual as it is triangular in shape. The walk round the moat gives a back open view of how it was constructed, There are plenty of grassed areas for children to play on. There are full scale models of catapults on display, and re-enactments during summer months.

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting the Dumfries area then you must visit Caerlaverock Castle. The best view can be found as you walk around the back of the moat. Look back at the carvings on the walls and your imagination will take you back in time, picturing the castle long ago. The castle also provides a romantic setting for weddings and... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Nicely kept, lovely surrounds, interesting info boards. Good childrens play area, video room showing history and dress up for the kids. Quiz for the castle too to keep the kids interested with a sticker reward. Basic tea room with sandwiches and not much ambiance....some background music maybe?

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Caerlaverock is a really picturesque castle and a great place to cycle to from Dumfries. It's near the nature reserve too so both can be done in an afternoon as you'll probably not spend more than 45 minutes at the castle.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

One of the most interesting castles I have visited also great to see where the first one was built very good cafe and you need to walk round it all and get the atmosphere of the whole place and go to see the vidoe of it it was exciting

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Annan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Interesting historical place to visit especially when themed events are on, reasonably priced tea room and gift shop on site

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Enjoyed a dry but windy couple of hours here in amazement at how they were able to build such a solid building all they years ago. The Siege by the English and how the occupants of the castle were able to hold of a rather strong English army for so long was very impressive. Well worth a visit to admire... More 

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Address: 13km south east of Dumfries on the B725, Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1387 770 244
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dumfries and Galloway  >  Dumfries

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