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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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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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Loved this castle and its moat. Nice walking trails to a castle site out back. Lunch at the cafe was great. I enjoyed the ploughman's lunch. A beautiful castle and grounds.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Loved this castle and its moat. Nice walking trails to a castle site out back. Lunch at the cafe was great. I enjoyed the ploughman's lunch. A beautiful castle and grounds.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Car park facilities could be signposted better, this was our first visit to a Historic Scotland property they need to advertise/promote their visitor ticket to several attractions. Staff not too friendly.

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Triangular in shape and surrounded by a moat this medieval castle was besieged by the English in 1300 and eventually surrendered. Rebuilt as a lairds house inside the fortifications in the 17th century it was besieged again in the Civil War. So much to see and a good interpretation centre with Baldrick on film. Definitely worth a trip.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited while staying a few days in the area, was excellent. The only triangle castle I have see. The old castle ruin was a great place for kids to picnic and play and use their imagination. Visit the information area and museum first and watch the short film narrated ny Tony Robertson to get the history of the castle and... More 

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Lincoln
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I was determined to visit Caelaverock again after 33 years and it was well worth it. Not a huge place, but plenty of history, including a wing built at vast expense in the 1630s and then hardly occupied (the castle was beseiged in 1640).

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A really interesting castle and the only triangular shaped one that we've ever come across. On site there is a video explaining the siege and a chance to dress up in period costume- although I suspect this is more for the children! A little further back from this castle is the remains of the first castle built on this site.... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It was very nice to see a proper moated castle. You could get a feel for the way gentry used to live. It was very interesting comparing the castle with its forebear whose footprint can be viewed after a short walk through the trees, at the rear of the castle. The tea rooms were very good value and the service... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

One of the best castles we've visited in Scotland. Such an interesting shape and history, also rare to find ones with actual moats! There is a little cafe and exhibition on the grounds as well which was quite interesting. When arriving be aware that the sign for the castle is slightly hidden and ON the corner! I missed this and... More 

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Good place to spend a few hours. Nice walks including one down to water & wetlands park. I hadn't heard of this place prior to having a break in Dumfries but it is well worth a visit if you're down that way. Good short film with Tony Robinson telling of the seige of the castle in 1300 and wallboards telling... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Stopped off here on the way to Dumfries, lovely Castle in a great location, interesting exhibits and adjoining walks.

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