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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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Great trip with grandchildren

On s sunny dry day this is a great outdoors trip with grandchildren. There is enough to do, exploring the castle, visitor centre, cafe, shop and walking down to original site and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

On s sunny dry day this is a great outdoors trip with grandchildren. There is enough to do, exploring the castle, visitor centre, cafe, shop and walking down to original site and paths around the castle. There is plenty space for a picnic and a childrens playpark to keep them amused too.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Caerlaverock is one of my favourite castles in the world. Exceptional is it's triangular shape and the water filled mote. It is in ruins and a lot of birds ( swallows, pigeons) are breeding all over the walls. Unfortunately there is a smell of bird's poo in the air. The Castle offers 1-2 Hours of entertainment. Cafe is inside the... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely picturesque castle with moat. Plenty to look around and with informative signs. The cafe offered excellent food and service.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Drove here on an evening couldn't get into see the castle ruins but the grounds were open and so had a look around it was stunning lush green so well looked after. I will return and see the ruins another time.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well the kids enjoyed this more than expected which was a bonus. Plenty to look around and explore good for hide and seek too! The park had plenty of things to entertain the toddler up to the 9 year old. Lots of space to just play or have a picnic. The money was worth it we spent 4 1/2 hours... More 

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

Set in grounds this shield shaped castle offers both something for the architectural visitor and the wildlife viewer with it being adjoining to the WWT Easy walking in a great place

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Largs, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well preserved medieval castle in beautiful surroundings. Go for a walk in the surrounding countryside and also take in the character of the castle at your leisure, then have a break in the cafe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We found this castle just driving around Dumfries and it was a good choice that we stopped. It was a bit expensive but the castle was really interesting to look around. The rooms were still there and the moat around the castle was just like it would be back in those times. I really enjoyed this castle.

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Thank Ellie M
Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed visiting the castle ruins. Very nice grounds. They had a tea room and gift shop, but we didn't go in. Self guided tour, but there were signs of interest scattered throughout the castle.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our grandson loved this castle especially the excellent play park. Water in moat a real plus. Very good for adults too! Friendly greeters. Very interesting and beautiful location.

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