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Address: Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
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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 may have restricted opening hours in winter.

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October Half Term 2016

A great morning with the children, they loved seeing the castle with all its nooks & crannies from the kitchen to the watch towers! The visitor centre is very informative too... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Joanne D
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great morning with the children, they loved seeing the castle with all its nooks & crannies from the kitchen to the watch towers! The visitor centre is very informative too with an area next to it where the children could dress up in periodic costumes & draw out their own coats of arms! It was so interesting visiting the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I paid £30 to see the castle without knowing how little there is to see. We walked around the castle in about 5 mins and immediately left due to the lack of entertainment it provided. Cool place to see quickly but is not worth the money. You go up flights of steps expecting to see something exciting... More 

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Thank Lewis S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a weekend in Dumfries with my Mrs and as there isnt tons do do in the area we decided to visit. On arrival we noticed a board outside the shop with prices.£10 for an adult ! £20 for the two of us to spend 20 minutes surveying rubble. Eh, naw ! we u turned in the car park without... More 

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Thank Gazza061
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an amazing castle, much bigger than i thought & so many rooms to walk in and around, it is cery well kept & even has a moat. By far best castle ive visited so far, dogs are also allowed so this gets an even bigger thumbs up from me. It also has a lovley walk around the castle by... More 

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Thank Nicola B
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place it's brilliant for walks lovely scenery calaverock castle it's self is an amazing building and alot of it still there if your considering a walk one day highly recommend here

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Thank stuartfrew2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the castle with a large gang of kids for my son's birthday. The staff member who served us was warm and friendly. A great place to visit for families or walkers. The cafe looked lovely, hopefully we can stop there next time.

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Thank Jeanie G
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great morning visiting this castle plenty to see her and a good walk in the grounds as well reasonably priced to

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

A very interesting castle with moat, access to most areas/storeys, set in beautiful grounds with a little play park nearby, and a walk through the woods to a much older original castle site, further on takes you to nature walk with bird hide. In the castle grounds there are picnic benches for sunny days and a lovely tearoom for lunch... More 

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Annan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

We visit the castle on a regular basis. We usually bring visitors to our home in Annan for a great day out. We enjoy touring the local landmarks and caerlavrock is one of our favourites.

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Thank Jacky C
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Popped to the castle today as I'm holidaying with friends in Eskmuirdale this was a delightful stop before heading to Dumfries. Highlights were a flashback film made when Tony Robinson had hair and Barbara in the shop who was friendly and told me to come back for the jousting in summer. Best of all my English Heritage membership worked here.... More 

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