Historic attractions in Dumfries & Galloway

Explore the historic attractions of Dumfries & Galloway to gain a great insight into how people lived in the past, from the food they created in the mill, to the mines where they worked and the castles they defended.

Discover Dumfries & Galloway's turbulent history by visiting the region's castles. Britain's only triangular-shaped castle, Caerlaverock, has a dramatic past as has Threave Castle, once owned by Archibald the Grim.

Dumfries & Galloway boasts a number of exciting museums, visitor centres and galleries on a fascinating variety of subjects. Discover the life of John Paul Jones, 'The Father of the American Navy', visit a genuine 18th century lead mine at Hidden Treasures - Museum of Lead Mining and learn about the Second World War at the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum.

Visit historic sites and historic buildings in Dumfries & Galloway, including the Thomas Carlyle Birthplace Museum and the New Abbey Corn Mill, where you can still hear the sounds of the waterwheel moving and operating today.

If you're looking for more ideas on historic attractions to visit, take a look at our Dumfries & Galloway itineraries which help you explore the heritage of the Solway Coast and the region's romantic past.

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