Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries

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  • nice old castle 1/2 hour to hour small playground can walk in grounds. castle small but well kept very nice informative.  more »
  • Well worth a visit, great for kids. Easy to read information about the castle and life in it through the ages . Great choice of delicious food available in the tea rooms.  more »
  • Caerlaverock Castle is a ruin, but despite that you can give your imagination free rein. Predominately to the children who visit the Castle. The Green, hilly forecourt is already challenging, let alone the ruin itself. Sufficient to children long to enjoy, especially if the weather more works. Around the Castle you can good hiking in the nature area near and the Castle forests. challenging so. The front desk gives a lot of information and you will find your drink and a bite to eat.
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  • My family and I visited this unique castle in February this year. It was a bit of a drive from the main road along narrow lanes but very much worth the visit. There is ample parking and being winter we almost had the place to ourselves. We enjoyed exploring the ruins, learning its history and walking around the grounds. This was followed by lunch at the tearoom where they served simple but delicious food most of which is locally sourced.
  • A beautiful castle that was the home of the Maxwell family. The front aspect is well preserved, with much of the interior spaces in good condition. The remains of the older castles are located to the south in an easy walking distance. Our children loved dressing up and making their own coat of arms.
  • Excellent castle, with good walks, a moat and great play park area for the kids. Relatively accessible, for an ancient monument - the access involves some going over short grass but a lighter chair or one with off road access wheels.would manage fine
  • A beautiful ruined castle, set in its orginal moat. Behind the castle, are the foundations of an earlier fortified house/ walled compound. Very romantic on a bright day. Wellingtons recommended for rainy or wet days as the short trek to the earlier fort can be very muddy. Facilities include a shop and small cafe, public conveniences with disabled access. There is also small childrens play area. Well worth a visit.
  • Well tended grounds, informative boards and amazing views. For nature lovers sit a while by the moat for a glimpse of dragonflies etc. Coffee shop is excellent, and of you can manage the climb the view from the top of the tower is well worth the effort.

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Where to stay in Dumfries

As Dumfries is just a small city within the Dumfries and Galloway region, the city itself is somewhat limited on places to stay. You'll find a handful of mid-range to high-end hotels in the city--if you're intent on being based in Dumfries, it's best to book early to avoid disappointment. Otherwise, there are plenty of options in nearby cities and towns such as Sanquhar, Lockerbie, Auchencairn, and Thornhill.
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