Doune Castle

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Doune Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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This site is open for you to enjoy but there are currently some access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure. Find out more about conservation work at our sites. Explore this 14th century courtyard castle in Doune, with a striking 100 ft high gatehouse and one of the best preserved great halls in Scotland. The formidable Doune Castle was built for the Regent Albany. The striking keep-gatehouse combines domestic quarters including the splendid Lord's Hall with its carved oak screen, musicians' gallery and double fireplace. This was used as a film location for the BBC production of Ivanhoe and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As well as being heavily featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Doune Castle was also used for the castle known as Winterfell in the pilot of the award winning TV series Game of Thrones as well as Castle Leoch in Outlander.
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Laura M
Camden, Australia56 contributions
Family
We loved our visit to Doune Castle! There was a complimentary audio guide included in the entry cost, but we decided to just explore the castle ourselves.

After exploring the inner castle we took a walk in the grounds and were able to see the castle from many other vantage points.

The gift shop was small, but had plenty of souvenirs including lots of Outlander bits and pieces.

The only negative is the car park and access road leading to the castle. From the main road there is a very sharp left hand turn and we had to do a three point turn to get into the street. Then the car park itself is quite narrow with rather small parking spaces.
Written July 23, 2022
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Aint_Life_Great
Huntsville, AL527 contributions
aka Castle Leoch in Outlander, and also used for filming Game of Thrones and Monty Python. The castle was closed for renovation when we were there in April, but we were still able to see the outside and get some good photos. The admission is covered under the Explorer Pass (highly recommend if you're visiting several sites), but they weren't charging admission when we were there since they were closed. I only wish it had been open so I could have wandered around.
Written June 22, 2022
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Oramazda
Dollar147 contributions
Family
Quiet but relaxed visit.
Do remember to book ahead.
Do bring a mask for wearing inside.
Do download the tour guide on you phone at the first opportunity as it can take time but is well worth it.
Do take your headphones so you don't disturb others while listening.
Willing staff to assist your visit.
Written May 17, 2021
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sharron
Newark-on-Trent, UK16 contributions
Couples
As we were staying in the village we thought a visit to the castle was in order. We are currently touring Scotland and have been to some wonderful attractions with costumed performers, friendly greeters and so much to do. Sadly Duone Castle wasn’t one of them.
First of all we were turned away from the car park after being told our vehicle was too big to park there - perhaps the website should make it clear there isn’t enough room ‘for a van’.
The audio tours were free which was a plus but the sound from them was a little distorted.
The castle itself is quite basic and didn’t take long to get around, we were there for less than 30 minutes, so I agree with some of the other comments that the entry is quite high for how little you get.
The shop staff seemed very friendly which is more than can be said for the greeters.
Written July 24, 2022
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Many thanks for submitting your review. We value your feedback and are disappointed that your visit was not quite up to your expectations. Our website specifies that unfortunately, we cannot accommodate motorhomes or campervans in the car park (small campervans can be accommodated if they fit in a normal car parking space). Due to limited parking at the site, we can't accommodate larger vehicles. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. We take value for money very seriously. The admission costs for the Castle are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost not only contributes to maintaining this beautifully historic location but also contributes to preserving our 340+ sites across Scotland. We do offer excellent value membership or explorer passes for those wanting to explore a variety of locations. We believe there is quite a lot to see at the castle, such as the cathedral-like Great Hall, the kitchens, and unique views from the battlements over the River Teith and Ben Lomond. Thanks again for leaving your valuable feedback.
Written July 26, 2022
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Cavegirl1980
Westhoughton, UK91 contributions
Family
Not a bad place to stop off at and visit if you are a GoT or Python fan. Some interesting history and an audio guide is available but we didn't bother as my daughter was more interested in just exploring - perhaps better for adults but it's a bit tricky to listen to an audio whilst supervising small kids. More displays and information would be useful otherwise you are mostly wandering around a castle ruin (albeit mostly indoors) and figuring it out for yourself.
We got in for free as English Heritage members. It took us half an hour to get around.
Warning - parking is terrible. We were told that they couldn't accommodate our vehicle (small motorhome), even though there was a spot we could clearly get into. We parked outside the Spar in the village instead.
If you are in the area then it's worth an hour or so of your time.
Written July 28, 2022
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Many thanks for submitting your review. We value your feedback and are disappointed that your visit was not quite up to your expectations. Our website specifies that unfortunately, we cannot accommodate motorhomes or campervans in the car park (small campervans can be accommodated if they fit in a normal car parking space). Due to limited parking at the site, we can't accommodate larger vehicles. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. Thanks again for leaving your valuable feedback.
Written August 1, 2022
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Helen D
Hartlepool, UK18 contributions
We visited on the very wet reopening day but had a fabulous visit. The castle is fascinating and gives a real flavour of what life was like in medieval times. I have to say though that the thing that stood out for me was the welcoming and good humoured staff. From the gentleman stood in the rain directing us from the car park to the lady ensuring the queue to the gift shop remained socially distanced every member of staff shone.
I will definitely be returning when next in the area ( hopefully on a drier day and not on crutches) to better explore the grounds. Well done to everyone for ensuring our Covid safety in a low key but effective manner. It is a stunning castle and well worth a visit.
Written August 31, 2020
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Katie
Omaha, NE28 contributions
The castle is currently closed for reconstruction work, but we visited the grounds anyway since we are fans of Outlander and Game of Thrones. I was sad that they didn't have the Winterfell sign still up, but it was still a great sight to see. I'm sure this castle would be a wonderful place to visit once they allow people inside again.
Written May 20, 2022
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P_n_R_Herts
Herts120 contributions
The young staff here were fabulously cheerful and friendly. The castle has the important features children will expect! Having not seen either Outlander or Game of Thrones, the fans who were there to pose in a famous location were a bit wearing, but it’s great that these productions have allowed the building to be maintained. Its history is surprisingly important for what appears to be a small castle.
Written September 26, 2020
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debbyjo2015
Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
This was my first visit post Covid 19 and not sure what toe expect. The process to buy your tickets is very easy. We were assigned a time and entrance was limited to a very manageable number. Staff were extremely helpful and cheery. The one way system work wonderfully, even taking me up a staircase I had not previously been. My friend , a first time visitor was very impressed. Kudo's to staff for being able to make this a memorable day in spite the challenges. even our toilet experience was good. Will be back.
Written August 30, 2020
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Colo_Traveler05
Littleton, Colorado207 contributions
This is a must see for fans of Outlander, Game of Thrones, or Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Although it is not intact, it is being restored to some extent ands you will be able to go through it soon.

It served as Castle Leoch in Outlander, the home of Clam McKenzie. In Game of Thrones, it was Winterfell, home to the Starks. And in Monty Python and the Holy Grail it was the castle where Arthur begins his quest for the Holy Grail.

Where else can you see so much media history, all in one place? Well worth a visit but look out for flying cows!
Written April 27, 2022
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