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Floors Castle, Kelso

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Floors Castle, in Roxburghshire, south-east Scotland, is the seat of the Duke of Roxburghe. Despite its name it is a country house rather than a fortress. It was built in the 1720s by the architect William Adam for Duke John, possibly incorporating an earlier tower house. In the 19th century it was embellished with turrets and battlements by William Playfair for Duke James. Floors has the common 18th-century layout of a main block with two symmetrical service wings. Floors Castle lies on the River Tweed and overlooks the Cheviot Hills.Floors Castle is now a category A listed building, and the grounds are listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, the national listing of significant gardens in Scotland. It is open to the public. The castle featured in the 1984 movie Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.HistoryBackgroundThe Ker family, Earls and Dukes of Roxburghe, have held lands in Roxburghshire since the 12th century. Their origins are not certain, but they were likely of Norman stock originally. Since the accession of Sir James Innes as Duke in 1812, they have used the double-barelled name "Innes-Ker".The name of Floors Castle is thought to come either from "flowers" (or the French fleurs), or from the "floors", or terraces, on which the castle is built.
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  • Visited floors castle but can only comment on the outside due to taking a dog Dogs are allowed outside in all the grounds but not inside the castle Extensive grounds to the Roxburghe estate Entry to t...  more »
  • Visited yesterday. Amazing Interiors, seat of the Duke of Roxburghshire, lovely parkland and gardens alongside the River Tweed. If you are in the Borders don't miss it !  more »
  • This is one of Scotland's most extraordinary buildings - vast and eccentrically decorated. But only half a dozen rooms are on view and we did not think this worth anything like the high entry fee. The...  more »
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  • A castle with impressive vistas. Best viewed from across the Tweed. Nice grounds to walk in. Castle interior has some interesting tapestries and furniture, loads and loads of portraits, an extensive collection of stuffed birds and various other historic artefacts.
  • Scolands lagest inhabited castle, overlooking the River Tweed. Fantastic views acoss open countryside. Lovely house and excellent gardens. Two cafes, shop and walks. Check out activities throughout the year. Something for all ages. Highly recommended.
  • Good intill the new staff came in sort of made a downgrade to the staff but the food is still the same delcious food im going to day and im going to look in the house ;) i enjoy it but the staff kinda ruin it (the new staff) i hope they get better so its a god cafe again cause its a good cafe I go there quite often but hopfuly its better this time i think it will be so yeah the reason im giving this 5 stars is cause I have hope for it sorry this review is very long sorry
  • was very disappointed with floors castle no kitchens to see or history regarding servants and no servants rooms to see. lovely gardens and tea room but castle very poor
  • Loved it... very informative, pleasant staff and enough rooms to tour with some wonderful artifacts.

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