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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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Was travelling back from visiting family so thought would take a detour and visit as had seen it in a guidebook and looked great place to see. As soon as arrived in car park had a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was travelling back from visiting family so thought would take a detour and visit as had seen it in a guidebook and looked great place to see. As soon as arrived in car park had a member of staff telling me had gone wrong way and had to go back and buy a ticket. Was told that a wedding was... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited the castle and its estate. Narrow single track access road to car parking involves going under a historic arch, will pose a risk for tall vehicles. Motor homes beware. Great little cafe/shop and a short walk to the castle entrance. Easy walk for restricted mobility persons, Park benches within the castle great help. Castle is of unusual design with... More 

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Thank Soulhunter
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are Historic Scotland members and have visited here many times, it is always a pleasure. An important historical castle which also has walks with wildlife interest and a very interesting audio visual museum. A great place for inquisitive and playful children. The cafe is pleasant, serves tasty food and is good value for money.

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Thank mdperry
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked round castle also around the grounds. Had lunch in cafe, soup and a sandwich and tea. Very good.

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Thank Betty P
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the third time we have visited this property and each time is as good as the first. Friendly attentive staff in the coffee shop which has excellent soups, coffee and cakes. The castle itself is an excellent ruin, well maintained and a photographers paradise in the nearby woods for wildlife. This castle is a must when visiting Dumfries.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this castle during a special event with reinactments which were very enjoyable. It is a beautiful castle but a lot smaller than some of the photos online would have you believe due to their angles. It's setup is like a shield and has three sides. There is a reasonable about of car parking and is flat going into... More 

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We make frequent visit to Caerlaverock castle. We park at the Merse and walk up through the woods. Always things of interest to see. A quick visit to the old castle and then up to the newer one. Our grandchildren never tire of the walk when they visit us in Dumfries. We then play sardines in the castle. Lots of... More 

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A gem of a castle set in a moat approached over a drawbridge. Medieval walls and towers with a renaissance facade facing the interior courtyard. Great cafe for lunches with friendly young staff. A bit off the beaten track so not too many people to spoil the atmosphere of the place. Fascinating history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an amazing castle and well worth the visit, it is a real surprise and the history is very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle has much history to behold, and still maintains an impressive structure. A school group arrived while we were there and the kids seemed to enjoy their tour. The wetlands around the castle are lovely. This is definitely worth a visit.

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