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Caerlaverock Castle

Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
+44 1387 770244
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With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland. Although ruined, Caerlaverock is still a substantial structure and you can explore many different features within its unique triangular ground plan. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into the brutal cross-border conflicts and you can enjoy a fascinating siege warfare exhibition complete with reconstructions of medieval siege engines. After exploring the castle enjoy delicious home baking and freshly ground coffee in the castle's tearoom which is open during the summer and at weekends in the winter. Little adventurers will love the castle-themed adventure park and if one castle is not enough for you, you will find the foundations of another, earlier, castle visible at the end of a nature trail through the woods to the south.
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Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
+44 1387 770244
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the castle in the morning. £6 each entry fee. Dogs permitted. Pleasant morning and very interesting castle and site. Nice grounds and very friendly staff.

1  Thank janer1264
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we had a great afternoon here and it is a fascinating place with lots of interesting nooks and crannies to investigate. We also enjoyed walking through the grounds to the nature reserve.

Thank janbea2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must visit castle. Never seen this style of castle and it is in good repair so you can climb to upper levels. There is a lovely walk to another set of ruins when the weather isn't so wet and boggy.

Thank Minkykins
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our friends from England out for a drive and visited the castle. I ws amazed at the size and access was good. Nice lawns for picnics around the castle and a small museum showing the castles history is adjacent to the cafe. It...More

Thank Brielle5374
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Castle has plenty to see in the ruins, plenty still standing and walk around. Well documented on boards. Good facilities with adventure type playground. Slightly off 'beaten track' but road good. Well worth a visit, price reasonable.

1  Thank Keith H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great castle ruin. From the front, it is majestic and imposing. From the rear, you can see how this castle has been slighted, but it does give a terrific view into the construction of the castle. There are still a number of...More

Thank Eirewolf
Reviewed October 30, 2017

This is a great castle, steeped with history and you can spend as long as you like enjoying the setting, taking photos or just sitting on the grass soaking up the sun (yes we were lucky).

Thank Nalpick
Reviewed October 28, 2017 via mobile

Spent a really lovely afternoon here whilst staying in the area. So pleased we did as we thought the Castle was stunning. Such a lovely setting and a very interesting history. Well worth the entrance fee.

Thank PC2103
Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

Very cool triangular castle with a moat. It was fun to explore the ruin and there were some nice walking trails behind it as well. Also a playground for kids, and a museum of sorts that had dress up clothes, which my daughter loved, even...More

1  Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed October 19, 2017

We had a great time exploring this Medieval stronghold and learning all about the history. It is well worth a visit. There is also a great cafe where you can stop for a cuppa or for lunch a building next to it where you can...More

1  Thank Jacqueline M
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September 21, 2017|
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Response from Jaweria M |
it is £4.50 for the children and 6 pounds for adult as far as I remember.
September 19, 2017|
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Response from 593clairey | Reviewed this property |
Don’t think so as I remember, but there are other places you could park to avoid if there was.
Rachael S
September 4, 2017|
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Response from Travelartgolf | Reviewed this property |
Very good question - the hours change from October to late March. It closes earlier @ 4 pm. This makes me think the cafe would be open. I bet soup would be good there. When we were there this summer it was packed. Check the... More