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“Interesting castle”

Caerlaverock Castle
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US$41,23*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Ranked #5 of 54 things to do in Dumfries
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting ruined castle in a beautiful setting. Very unusual because of its triangular shape which influenced the design of the later fortified house.

Thank Madalyn H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rare day off together spent taking a leisurely drive through Dumfries and Galloway, slowly making our way to Caerlaverock Castle. A True castle (Ruins) with a filled moat. Interesting walk around the castle ruins taking in the beauty of the surroundings and imagining how the castle would have looked in all its glory. What a truly magnificent building this would have been in its day! Only a few visitors here when we arrived which made the grounds and Castle very relaxing to gently amble around. I would expect during the summer school holidays this would be really popular. As a child I always enjoyed visiting castles when ever we were out. The thought of medieval battles taking place and prisoners being taken and held in the castle would always conjure up visions of days gone by. We had a gentle walk around the grounds (immaculate) to the site of the original castle that was replaced as it was built on soft ground too close to the estuary. A nice children's playground which would keep the smaller children occupied for a good while. A visit well worth making. We came as a couple but this attraction would suit families with young children, friends, and anyone that would like a quiet attraction to visit at a leisurely pace.

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brought the kids for a visit as we were passing.
Nice location with very friendly staff on site. Play area for the kids too. I'd recommend you take a picnic as cafe a wee bit pricey but the scones are homemade and lovely!
Castle is very impressive, so many nooks and crannies for the kids to hide in.

Thank Suntoucher72
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unique in being a three sided castle and also surrounded by a complete moat.
Very impressive frontage and a detailed interior wall on the main hall.
The rear wall has been significantly reduced by damage sustained by several sieges, but you still can appreciate how robust a stronghold Caerlaverlock Castle must have been all those hundreds of years ago.

Thank Neil9877
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love to walk from shore corner round the woods area to the first castle and the information about the castle these a small museum and play area and plenty of room for a picnic

Thank Emmalouise R
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