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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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Beautiful historic castle

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

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 

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Kilmarnock
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

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

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 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.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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 

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Glasgow
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is a lovely castle with lots of history and set in peaceful, well maintained grounds. The tea room has a good range of food and hot/cold drinks and there's a gift shop too. There is a great, interactive area for kids where they can try on period costumes and design their own coat of arms. There is a nice... More 

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West Yorks, England
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Small castle but photogenic - look out for the 19c graffiti in the entrance! Café and shop on site. Plenty of room for a picnic if the weather is kind to you.

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Hamilton, Ontario
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The books say it is Scotland's third best castle and when you are driving to it you hope they are correct. A bit of a tough drive but worth it. Look up the history on the web before you go. Decent little castle.

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Despite being a ruin, the Castle and grounds are very well kept - plenty of information is available for you to stand in the middle of it all and cast your mind back to the 13th century to imagine what life was like. Good video by Tony Robinson describing history and the Scottish Wars of Independence. Worth the admission and... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Upon finding this castle it is visually very pleasing, the ruins look very dramatic and with the moat still remaining in tact it gives a sense of how this castle once functioned especially in the siege which you can read all about in the information room next to the car park. Upon entering the information desk area we were offered... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Great castle, one of a few with an actual moat. Getting to it is a bit of a trek, don't be confused with the outdoor area of the same name. My advice is not to come here on a public holiday or weekend. We went today a misty bank holiday and it was too busy. The cafe/ shop was so... More 

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