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Caerlaverock Castle

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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...more
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Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland
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All reviews tony robinson historic scotland triangular shape nooks and crannies nature reserve well worth a visit short film ticket office scottish heritage water filled tea room beautiful setting woodland walk gift shop interesting history information boards on site
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle was by far our favorite ruin. It's so massive and there is so much to see. We spent a good two hours here. The initial ruin is so majestic and there are so many rooms and stairways to explore. I can't express enough...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank BL_adventure
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Castle to visit and also worth a walk to the "old castle",further into the woods.Good shop and facilities.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bill R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle is an unusual design and well worth a visit.It was an important stronghold during the Scottish Wars of Independence. Caerlaverock Castle was attacked by Edward the First in 1300 with 87 knights 3000 men and several siege engines.Outnumbered 50 to 1 the defenders...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A truly unique castle. It's triangular shape and fantastic interior are, I assure you, totally different from any castle you have ever visited!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Peter G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I suppose I’m a bit of a philistine when it comes to castles as in my own head they’re either a) a pile of rubble (boring) or b) a stately home (even more so) however this one’s a belter. Absolutely wonderful 13th century moated, triangular...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MarkAndMorag
Reviewed 7 November 2018

we took our oldest son here whe he was up for the weekend from down south and we had a great time the castle is stunning with little tell tale signs of how the cooks delivered the food to the big fat cats at dinner...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank bazzalenko31
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

We are pretty much regulers at the castle and enjoy the country side surrounding it. You can walk around the outside of the Castle next to the moat. In the castle if you have kids they'll absolutely love it... so many places to run and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fenric71
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Plenty of parking and a nice visitor centre with helpful staff. guide books are available. A wonderful castle with a moat around it albeit there is a lot of weed in it now. Start by walking around the castle on the top of the moat...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Girl-Friday56
Reviewed 3 November 2018

English Heritage members rejoice - they have a reciprocal arrangement with Historic Scotland so expect to get in for free after your first year of membership. The admission cost is not just to enter the castle - the grounds, car park and exhibition are included...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Abi C
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

Visited on a cold rainy lunch time to visit the castle. No vegan option on the lunch menu and as it was too cold to sit outside with the dog we left with just a take-out coffee.

Date of experience: October 2018
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27 March 2018|
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Response from PC2103 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we spent 3 hours but we’re in no hurry. You could see most things in an hour.
Kristi S
21 January 2018|
Response from Jade W |
No the castle is situated far out of any bus route
Kristi S
21 January 2018|
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Response from caleytt | Reviewed this property |
Sorry no idea we were by car