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Caerlaverock Castle

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Address: Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4RU
Operated by: Historic Environment Scotland
Opening Hours: 1 April to 30 September, Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm 
1 October to 31 March, Daily 10am to 4pm 
Last tickets sold 30 mins before closing time 
Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January
Admission: £ 6.00 adult, £ 3.60 child, £ 4.80 senior
Parking: Yes
Languages: English
Accessibility: Yes
Toilets: Yes, also disabled toilets
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: Yes


Caerlaverock Castle is an impressive and unusual triangular shaped castle a few miles South of Dumfries on the Solway coast. With its moat, two-towered gatehouse, and imposing battlements, it is a fine example of a medieval stronghold. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which made it a strategic objective in Border conflicts.

After a history of changing hands between English and Scottish forces, the castle was finally abandoned in the 1640’s and fell into ruins. The ruins are still very impressive and the castle has a surprisingly refined Renaissance house within its walls.

This is an attraction that is worth the detour and looks the part with its moat, drawbridge and catapult for attacking the inhabitants.

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Caerlaverock Castle and Moat

Caerlaverock Castle from outside Caerlaverock Renaissance Architecture

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