We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Caerlaverock Castle

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 13km south east of Dumfries on the B725, Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1387 770 244
Website
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 217 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 127
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Quick visit

We had a quick visit here while passing through the area..the castle is in a beautiful setting with plenty of grass area around for kids to play & play area..the staff are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Travelling T
Add Photo Write a Review

217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We had a quick visit here while passing through the area..the castle is in a beautiful setting with plenty of grass area around for kids to play & play area..the staff are friendly & the coffee shop is cake heaven..the castle is unusual & not very big..give yourself 45 mins to see it..

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Very unusual triangular castle which is worth visiting if you are in the area. Informative exhibition and video in the centre to look at before venturing out into the castle itself. Make sure you take the short walk to the older castle ruins which are behind the main castle. Lovely homemade cakes in the coffee shop - just what we... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thunder Bay, Canada
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited on bike tour of the region. Easy to access and with poor weather we almost had the site to ourselves. The ruins are accessible and speak to the nature of the castle structure and excellent example of the structure of the time. The staff were particularly helpful. There is ample parking and picnic facilities on the grounds. There is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Spectacular castle and very well kept grounds. Staff in little visitor hut and cafe were very friendly and knowledgeable about the place.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

At nearly six pounds to go inside, to see a ruin that takes less than half hour to view, is very expensive.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Haddington, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Well worth a visit, beautiful castle in lovely well kept grounds. Make sure you take the boardwalk to the site of the original castle. Cafe lovely and all staff friendly and helpful. Guide book well worth the money.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We used our rental car's GPS to get to the castle early, around 9:45. It was a beautiful day and hardly anyone was there yet. The ticket staff was very friendly and told us about the Historic Scotland pass, which was £20 and good for quite a few of the Dumfries and Galloway attractions. We weren't able to use it,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kilmarnock
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Unfortunately we visited too late in the day to fully appreciate this castle but it clearly is worth a return. Good car park, good catering, very peaceful area, nearby nature reserve and the potential to be a good day out, with or without children

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

This castle is well worth a visit, the setting is wonderful and well cared for, excellent facilities on site easy parking a small exhibition centre with video. The cafe too is recommended for good food and excellent service. There is a children's area and woodland walks too.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bristol, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
365 reviews 365 reviews
217 attraction reviews
301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We visited here early in the morning as the place was opening. We were lucky to get a day with stunning weather which really enhanced the reflections in the moat. The castle is just gorgeous to walk around and there is a nice walk to the old castle through the swamp, although not much remains of it now. Inside the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Caerlaverock Castle also viewed

Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
 
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway
 

Been to Caerlaverock Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Caerlaverock Castle and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Morpeth
3 months ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Caerlaverock Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?