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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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Unusual triangular layout, beautiful setting, lovely tearoom

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... read more

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Annan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit the castle on a regular basis. We usually bring visitors to our home in Annan for a great day out. We enjoy touring the local landmarks and caerlavrock is one of our favourites.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped to the castle today as I'm holidaying with friends in Eskmuirdale this was a delightful stop before heading to Dumfries. Highlights were a flashback film made when Tony Robinson had hair and Barbara in the shop who was friendly and told me to come back for the jousting in summer. Best of all my English Heritage membership worked here.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

One of the more interesting castles visited on our trip to the UK and Ireland. Not large, as far as castles go, but quite ornate and well preserved. Well worth a visit for something out of the ordinary.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Fascinating castle and siege exhibition all doggy friendly and the coffee shop ( couldn't take the doggy in but there were seats outside) serves the nicest coffee we've had on this break. All the staff were really friendly and very helpful. We really enjoyed it.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Great place to break the journey and to visit with overgrown children - teenagers! Plenty of places to explore and run around! On a clear day - surrounded by spectacular scenery.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We stopped off on the way home to visit this unusual castle. We didn't have time to go into the castle and only wanted to take a few photos and be on our way. We were chased across the grass by the attendant and asked to pay. I explained we couldn't stay long so wouldn't be requiring entry to the... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback which we always welcome. The admission ticket to Caerlaverock Castle gives you access to the grounds as well as the castles. The ticket also includes access to 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 the woods to... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

A fascinating glimpse of bygone times. You get a real feel of how life was in this lovingly restored castle. The visitor centre is instructive and loaded with facts and info. Do walk beyond the castle to the site of the original cast and on again to the marshland for a sense of the huge challenge posed for invaders.

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This castle had a medieval day on when I visited and I have to say it was one of the best days I have had. Some amenities are near such as cafe for tea and biscuits but i would say pack a small easy to carry picnic

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

What a lovely afternoon out. Yes it was raining but we still managed to explore the castle, surrounding woodland and also the older castle footprint. Cafe warm and inviting with very fresh and local menu. Great soup and sandwiches. Staff friendly and chatty. Great little info/museum room with child's dress up.

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