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Dirleton Castle & Garden

Dirleton Road, EH39 5ER, Scotland
01620 850 330
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Ranked #8 of 43 Attractions in East Lothian
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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English first
Crook, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
47 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

In abeautiful location in an attractive village. Excellent gardens, world famous longest herbacious borders. Join English Heritage or Historic Scotland and get in free or half price. Good value for money. Incredible centuries of history well displayed. Great views

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34 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Just 2.3 miles from North Berwick, Dirleton Castle is a must - even if you are not particularly interested in castles. The gardens are immaculate, the herbaceous border quite extraordinary even in latelate August-Early September. The entrance fee s £4.40 for concessionaries and, I think, £5.50 for adults. The castle is imposing and what makes it most interesting are the... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Visited a few castles in England and France and this is one of the best I have visited! Lovely gardens with lots of variety and colour. Ancient trees. Not too big so our 0,3 & 6 year old loved it. Information boards really informative and not too long winded so all the family learnt something. Able to explore all the... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Most castles are rather imposing and smack of warfare. Dirleton is a delightful alternative that gives people an idea of more domestic life in the past. The gardens are a particular feature with the deep herbaceous borders, sadly a wee bit battered after a few days of heavy wind and rain before we arrived. The formal garden was in fine... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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73 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have been to lots of castles and especially love the ruins more so than the perfect ones all restored This has lots of information boards so you understand what each room or area was ans artist impressions of what is was like soooooo many centuries ago This was very very fancy for its time and has great views out... More

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

What a plate, having grown up in Orkney I am used to sites like these or so I thought, the gardens are beautiful and we'll laid out, the castle it self is huge it takes a good hour plus to see and appreciate it all, the views over the country side are also amazing well worth a visit when ever... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

While this is a nice castle, there is nothing particularly significant or wonderful about it. However, the gardens are beautiful. By all means, see the castle but go for the gardens. In 1998, the Guinness Book of World Records declared that this was the world's longest herbaceous border. This is another castle with "free" admission if you have the Explore... More

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Midhurst, Ontario
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23 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a beautiful castle ruin. The gardens are amazing - most ladies will love touring this castle for the gardens alone.

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Calais, France
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The castle is a splendid ruin, evocative and interesting but.... At this time of year the gardens are a blaze of colour, haze of scents for both gardens - perennial bed and the formal garden round the corner.

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited Dirleton as a day trip from Edinburgh. We took the train to North Berwick, then the bus to Dirleton; it drops off at the castle entrance. We were fortunate in that it was a warm sunny day, which showed the castle and gardens at their best. The gardens are lovely and my wife commented that... More

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