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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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Typical local castle.

Not a great deal to see or do but historic in its own way of course. Price to get in but their is a shop and tea room etc.

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Liversedge, United Kingdom
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Liversedge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Not a great deal to see or do but historic in its own way of course. Price to get in but their is a shop and tea room etc.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is an unusual Scottish Castle with three drum towers, three sides and a moat - On a sunny day its a bit like a fairytale castle. I only saw the outside as it was closed when i visited in February. check on opening times ,as it is quite a distance from the A74 ,below Dumfries B725 If your passing,... More 

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Visited here and I was blown away by it, u have basically full access to all areas inside and the view around is great, there is also a woodland walk behind it to the original one also which I is nice... Got some great photos... This would be incredible for a wedding :)

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Absolutely speechless when we walked over the draw bridge into the centre of the ruins.... AMAZING venue to have a wedding and the sun most certainly did shine on us that day. Was very romantic especially with only 30 very close friends & family at the ceremony. Worth wondering around just as a tourist.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Loved the moat surrounding the castle and the spiral stair up to the top of the tower. The audio visual display of the castle siege is also well worth visiting, as is the coffee shop.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Caerlaverock Castle is a great attraction to take friends and family to see, preferably on a sunny day. It tells of the struggle between England and Scotland in the years of Edward I, and how it was held by 60 braw Scotsmen against an English army before finally falling. It is a ruin but is looked after by Historic Scotland... More 

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Kendal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Stunning moated ruin, seen at its best on a sunny November morning. Plenty to see but only one set of tower stairs to ascend, not really getting anywhere. Well worth a visit when in the general area but perhaps not worth a special long-distance trip.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Amazing countryside attraction. Great open space a breath of fresh air, literally. Just drive there with your car, not that far from dumfries town centre.

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Hagen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Although the Castle is a Ruin,there are a lot of Rooms to explore.With Displays describing the Life in Medeaval Times,it's easy to imagine a busy,crowded Day within the Walls.After walking around the Castle and the Ditch,there's a small Exhibition,a Shop and a Cafe to visit.

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Turnberry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Not the largest castle Ive seen but it's no less important for that.... Defending south west Scotland and having endured many a conflict.... It's actually the second castle to have be built at that location...They have a replica Trebuchet on display to give an idea of siege life and tactics on both sides ..... Although a ruin it's well preserved... More 

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