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“Impressive contents”
Review of Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle
Ranked #2 of 46 things to do in Dumfries
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Owner description: Set on the spectacular 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle presents one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and an internationally renowned art collection. Beyond the castle are over 40 acres of enchanting gardens and a wide range of activities including walking, mountain biking, adventure playground, wildlife watching, Scottish Cycle Museum, Landrover tours, Ranger-led walks, events programme as well as shopping and catering.
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Impressive contents”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is one of the best castles, stately home we have visited. The history is well documented at the beginning if the castle and pleasant informative guides were in the rooms.The furniture and art works were impressive and all of the Rooms were well furnished and nothing looked tired.The grounds were a pleasure to walk around and we would definitely advise a visit.However small children may be board as no interactive activities.

Visited August 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Nice day out”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Not easy to reach coming from Glasgow as the directions call for a stop at Sanquhar station and take a taxi. The unattended station doesn't have taxi's so you need to be resourceful. But the castle is worth a visit: the gardens are well kept, the walks through the grounds are peaceful and the interior of the castle is enriched by great pieces of art. The mandatory tour provided by the excellent tour guide is not the standard one: he really gets into character and delivers a play rather then a standard story.
The castle closes end of August so check before you go!

Visited August 2013
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Cambridge
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48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Impressive Collection of Art”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

The 'Pink Palace' of Drumlanrig is a very impressive castle - huge! it is filled with an amazing array of paintings, including a Rembrandt worth millions! The house has a guided tour, understandable when you consider that a Da Vinci painting was stolen by someone looking around the house.
Beautiful gardens and scenery surround the castle, but as we had just stopped in for lunch on our way home, we hadn't given ourselves enough time to enjoy everything. I can imagine that the walks are a lovely way to spend your time here.
We cannot decide which castle is the most impressive, this one or Inverary, though it would be for different reasons. The art collection here is jaw droppingly amazing, as is the way the rooms are decorated (very little altered). My particular favourite is the the boudoir where the pictures are all either of important females or painted by females....a beautiful calm and relaxing place despite most of the 'inhabitants' losing their heads! Our guide was lovely, her amusing anecdotal delivery giving us an insight into how things were in medieval times, her knowledge of the property was expansive and her tales quite funny including the one about Neil Armstrong getting lost in the castle when he and his wife stayed overnight (there are 90 rooms so easy to do) - The Ploughman's Lunch from the small but warm and inviting cafe hit the spot - All in all, a highly recommend place to visit but allow a bit of time!

Visited August 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Awesome castle”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Probably one of the nicest castles we've seen. It's out of the way and unique. If you're nearby, you should go.

Visited August 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellent place to spend a day”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

There is much to do - castle visits, in small guided groups, walks, cycling, shops and a lovely café- though it was a little small.

Visited August 2013
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