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Dirleton Castle & Garden

Dirleton Road, EH39 5ER, Scotland
01620 850 330
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Ranked #6 of 43 Attractions in East Lothian
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW 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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Take time to read the information boards. They are very informative and tells you all about the castle and it's history. pretty gardens to stroll through . Visit should take you about one and a half hour maximum . Enjoy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The property is one of several Historic Scotland and National Trust for Scotland properties in the area. Entry is free for Historic Scotland and English Heritage members. A lot of the castle structure remains reasonably intact and the remains are quite extensive. The gardens are in really good order and vary from an 18th century bowling green to an arts... More

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