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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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Small, but perfectly formed

Not many castles can boast a triangular structure, nor can they boast a kept and genuinely wet moat. Very serene in an out-of-the-way location far from madding crowds and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Not many castles can boast a triangular structure, nor can they boast a kept and genuinely wet moat. Very serene in an out-of-the-way location far from madding crowds and the like, and with decent snacks available. Doesn't take a huge amount of time to wander around, but worth it for the sheer beauty of the views.

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

I live locally and havent visited this castle since i was a kid. Upon entering the site you have to pay. This is for the upkeep of the castle so cant complain. We spent a good couple of hours here. There is plenty parking and lots of space for eating a picnic while looking at the castle. There is a... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I went to Caerlaverock Castle on a very cold winters morning, it was a beautiful clear day and we had the whole place to ourselves which was amazing. We got to explore the castle without other tourist and take beautiful pictures. I enjoyed this castle more than Edinburgh Castle as it has not been over commercialised. Coming from a country... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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