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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: 441387770244
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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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I was amazed at this castle...a real moat, 3 sided, decorative touches I didn't expect, renovated enough to make it safe but not so much as to be "fake". Great video on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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wasilla
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was amazed at this castle...a real moat, 3 sided, decorative touches I didn't expect, renovated enough to make it safe but not so much as to be "fake". Great video on the battle, and enough signage to give a picture of the lifestyle. Wish we could take our grandkids to it. We visited in cold, rainy, windy weather and... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to take a trip as had seen a photo previous. It did not disappoint it's beautiful and full of history. The architecture of the castle is amazing and loved the information and video available that describes when the castle came under siege in the 1300s.... If you enjoy castles I would thoroughly recommend

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1 Thank Damien W
Berkeley, Ca
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Felt that the staff here were both brimming with knowledge and enthusiasm. Thoroughly enjoyed my day here and taking photos and wandering around the castle and the grounds. Highly recommended for a family day out, couples or just on your own.

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Thank EdwardoCalipso
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

superb place for adults and children, lots to explore. fantastic photo opportunities, but try to go on a nice sunny day because it's outdoors !

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1 Thank chrissiesmith18
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely castle to visit, very interesting building and historic information available. Great for kids, there are picnic benches and also a play park. The grounds are stunning.

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Thank Rebecca F
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting castle with a real history to it. Definetly worth a visit. Great for the whole Family.

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Thank singaporefinn1967
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent castle... amazing you see so much for a ruin!! So many fire places....interesting how they were built into the castle.....even the rain didn't stop it being amazing. (and a lovely selection of gifts in the shop too).

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Thank jo t
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Great castle to visit and walk round. Really enjoyed the video about the castle and its history before walking round. Would really recommend watching it before you go into castle..Great little tea shop ,lovely cherry scones and a good cup of coffee.

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3 Thank Peachwood7
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This is a fascinating and fantastic ruin. Like a Bodium Castle in red stone and and a side missing. The beautiful renaissance facade inside the castle is a delightful surprise. We'll is are useful as the approach to the old castle site is quite boggy (even with duck boards). Very friendly guide.

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Thank Penny H
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Very good place for a day out, picknic and educational too. The little shop is full of gifts.Very enjoyable!

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ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Caerlaverock Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for getting in touch We're sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your trip to our castle. The admission ticket gives you access to Renaissance façade of the 17th Century Mansion house , our Siege Themed exhibition room with examples of medieval leather work and pottery, a video based on the Siege of 1300 and a walkway through the... More 

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