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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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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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really good day out

Really enjoyed our visit, firstly open in February, very dog friendly and allowed to go in to castle, great walks beyond the castle to nature reserve and lunch at restaurant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Telford, United Kingdom
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Telford, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really enjoyed our visit, firstly open in February, very dog friendly and allowed to go in to castle, great walks beyond the castle to nature reserve and lunch at restaurant enjoyable. Rewaslly intereasting, loved it. Thank you.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Parked the car at Caerlaverock Wetland area and followed the footpath round to the castle. This took us about half an hour. There's a little gift shop and tea room to visit. Admission for adults is about £5.50 with concessions for OAP's and children. There is also a fee to park your car.

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Liversedge, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
30 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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198 reviews 198 reviews
186 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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78 reviews 78 reviews
44 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 reviews 5 reviews
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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

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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