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Caerlaverock Castle

13km south east of Dumfries on the B725, Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
+44 (0)1387 770 244
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Dumfries
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: With it's moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is a Maxwell...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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Hagen, Germany
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Although the Castle is a Ruin,there are a lot of Rooms to explore.With Displays describing the Life in Medeaval Times,it's easy to imagine a busy,crowded Day within the Walls.After walking around the Castle and the Ditch,there's a small Exhibition,a Shop and a Cafe to visit.

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Turnberry, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Not the largest castle Ive seen but it's no less important for that.... Defending south west Scotland and having endured many a conflict.... It's actually the second castle to have be built at that location...They have a replica Trebuchet on display to give an idea of siege life and tactics on both sides ..... Although a ruin it's well preserved... More 

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London
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Caerlaverock Castle Excellent place to visit, the castle is well preserved. There is a well stocked visitor centre. A place to spend a pleasant hour or two.

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East Kilbride, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This castle is but a shell of it's former self, but the signs posted around the place gave you a good idea of everything that would have occurred during the time of habitation. Wouldn't want to be the one to have to attack this place during it's hayday!!

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