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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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  • called here on way home from melrose. The castle itself is a magnificant building set in a beautiful landscape. We had a dog with us so could not enter the castle but could go walk around the grounds ...  read more »
  • Scotlands oldest inhabited castle, built by William Adam in 1721. Art, porcelain, 15 century tapestrie and grand rooms. Fantastic views over the River Tweed and Cheviots. Stand at the River where King...  read more »
  • A beautiful castle in wonderful surroundings owned by the Duke of Roxburghe. The castle grounds are stunning with plenty of photo opportunities. The Walled Garden is well worth a visit with a lovely c...  read more »
  • Such a cozy, homely stay in a stunning setting! Well worth a visit.
  • A reall good time for the family. Will fall short of calling it a day out, but certainly a good chunk of one. The castle and grounds are stunning, and the areas open to visitors are well presented, with each room having a guide to chat to should you wish. Its not crowded, and very family friendly. We visited with our 10, 8 and 4 yr olds, each were given age apropriate quizes to keep tneir interest, that were swapped for a prize at the gift shop. On top of that, the guides challenged the children to search out 'hidden doors' etc. Really friendly and welcoming, £22.50 a little steep maybe, but i did not feel ripped off. Everwhere clean and good facilities.
  • An ok castle I suppose. The rooms you did see were beautiful but I expected to see more rooms really, considering its 'Scotlands largest inhabited castle'. Ticket prices were good not too expensive. The guides in the rooms told you about the rooms regardless of whether you wanted them to. The tea rooms however were nice I had a latte and it was superb. Worth a visit if you have a spare day.
  • Imposing house with good cafe. Would have expected to see more rooms.
  • Wow, great place. A real live castle.
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