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
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
$48*
and up
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 257 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 148
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
This unique castle is superb.

With its unique triangular design, superb circular turrets, intact moat and wonderful surrounding grounds this castle is, in my opinion, one of the finest in the UK. I note that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
johnhouston2
,
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

257 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
499 reviews
203 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

With its unique triangular design, superb circular turrets, intact moat and wonderful surrounding grounds this castle is, in my opinion, one of the finest in the UK. I note that some people are disappointed at the lack of complete rooms with pictures of earls, family silver and the souvenir trappings of aristocratic wealth - but such things are ten a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dumfries, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visit Caerlaverock Castle whenever we have visitors to town - it's the most impressive castle 'ruin' I know - and in a country setting alongside a wildfown/nature reserve

Was this review helpful? Yes
Larkhall, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
145 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Caerlaverock Castle is a moated medieval castle, which is now in ruins. The moat is still there and full of water, which is unusual. It is a cute castle and worth seeing. There are very interesting information boards dotted around the site. Some birds have made their home among the ruins. Anyone with an interest in history would probably appreciate... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Not much to see tbh.....disappointed by the old ruins the guide kept going about as nearly walked by it was more like stones. We just came down here after visiting the cosmic gardens open day, we wouldn't go out your way to visit....we had a good laugh trying on the dress up costumes & doing a bit of colouring in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kansas CIty, MO
Level Contributor
102 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We loved this castle! I think this was the only one we saw in Scotland that was completely surrounded by a moat. The grounds surrounding the castle are very beautiful and full of bird life! Most of the castle is in ruins and was being worked on while we visited. This castle is well worth a couple hours of your... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Interesting to see such an old castle, especially one surrounded by a water-filled moat. Signs are informative. Had we more time, we would have loved to spend it walking in the nature preserve.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I planned the visit because of my ancestral family (Maxwell) heritage connections but even without that, it was an interesting visit and cool castle in a really pretty setting. It felt a bit off the beaten path compared to some other Scottish castles we saw which was a nice additional bonus. Staff in the gift shop and cafe were also... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The castle, dated 13th with 16th century's addition, is in ruins, and in process of a well-needed restoration. But visiting this place gives a feeling of the dimension and splendor of the castle as it used to be during this time. Well-preserved wall carvings. The contrast between the green grass around the building and the red-tone stone of the castle... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

There's not a great deal to look at apart from castle ruins so was quite surprised at the entrance fee, however there is a nice little shop and tea room to visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The Caerlaverock Castle is a well-preserved ruin. The castle has an interesting historical presentation about the siege of the castle. The narrator can be quite comical. The castle has two distinct phases: one as a defensive fortification and the other as a noble manor house. Well worth a visit.

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

Additional Information about Caerlaverock Castle

Address: | 13km south east of Dumfries on the B725, Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1387 770 244
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dumfries and Galloway  >  Dumfries

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
5 questions
Ask a question
Downham Market, United Kingdom
2 months ago
Morpeth
5 months ago

See all questions (5)

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?