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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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Came across this place and glad we did. Great castle and worth the visit. Good coffee shop and scones with jam and cream delicious. Adult £5.50 but concessions available. Friendly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came across this place and glad we did. Great castle and worth the visit. Good coffee shop and scones with jam and cream delicious. Adult £5.50 but concessions available. Friendly staff. Would recommend and plenty to do for all ages.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely castle with great wee gift shop & tea room. Others have complained about the cost of entry...not sure what people expect to pay to keep real history alive. Certainly you can reduce the cost if you belong to Historic Scotland - the entry is then free. I have taken pretty much anyone visiting us (we live within 30 min... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A great morning with the children, they loved seeing the castle with all its nooks & crannies from the kitchen to the watch towers! The visitor centre is very informative too with an area next to it where the children could dress up in periodic costumes & draw out their own coats of arms! It was so interesting visiting the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I paid £30 to see the castle without knowing how little there is to see. We walked around the castle in about 5 mins and immediately left due to the lack of entertainment it provided. Cool place to see quickly but is not worth the money. You go up flights of steps expecting to see something exciting... More 

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ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Caerlaverock Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to Caerlaverock Castle. We are disappointed to hear that you didn’t enjoy your trip to the castle. The admission ticket gives you access to Renaissance façade of the 17th Century Mansion house , our Siege Themed exhibition room with examples of medieval leather work and pottery, a video based on the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a weekend in Dumfries with my Mrs and as there isnt tons do do in the area we decided to visit. On arrival we noticed a board outside the shop with prices.£10 for an adult ! £20 for the two of us to spend 20 minutes surveying rubble. Eh, naw ! we u turned in the car park without... More 

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ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Caerlaverock Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving feedback. We are disappointed to hear you decided against visiting the castle. The admission ticket to Caerlaverock Castle gives you access to Renaissance façade of the 17th Century Mansion house , our Siege Themed exhibition room with examples of medieval leather work and pottery, a video based on the Siege of 1300 and a walkway through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing castle, much bigger than i thought & so many rooms to walk in and around, it is cery well kept & even has a moat. By far best castle ive visited so far, dogs are also allowed so this gets an even bigger thumbs up from me. It also has a lovley walk around the castle by... More 

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place it's brilliant for walks lovely scenery calaverock castle it's self is an amazing building and alot of it still there if your considering a walk one day highly recommend here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the castle with a large gang of kids for my son's birthday. The staff member who served us was warm and friendly. A great place to visit for families or walkers. The cafe looked lovely, hopefully we can stop there next time.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great morning visiting this castle plenty to see her and a good walk in the grounds as well reasonably priced to

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

A very interesting castle with moat, access to most areas/storeys, set in beautiful grounds with a little play park nearby, and a walk through the woods to a much older original castle site, further on takes you to nature walk with bird hide. In the castle grounds there are picnic benches for sunny days and a lovely tearoom for lunch... More 

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