Caerlaverock Castle


Caerlaverock, Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4RU

    Visit Caerlaverock Castle and discover one of Scotland’s great medieval fortresses.

    With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland.

    Although ruined, Caerlaverock is still a substantial structure and you can explore many different features within its unique triangular ground plan. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into the brutal cross-border conflicts and you can enjoy a fascinating siege warfare exhibition complete with reconstructions of medieval siege engines.

    After exploring the castle enjoy delicious home baking and freshly ground coffee in the castle's tearoom which is open during the summer and at weekends in the winter. Little adventurers will love the castle-themed adventure park and if one castle is not enough for you, you will find the foundations of another, earlier, castle visible at the end of a nature trail through the woods to the south.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Summer: 1 April - 30 Sept Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
    Winter: 1 Oct - 31 March, Daily 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
    Cafe may have restricted opening times in the winter.

    Ticket Information
    Adult £5.50 per ticket
    Child £3.30 per ticket
    Concession £4.40 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Restaurant


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Religious Ceremony


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • ASVA Member
    • Picnic Area

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Diners Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Parking

    Road Directions

    8m SE of Dumfries on the B725.

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