Drumlanrig Castle

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Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, DG3 4AQ

    Explore the vast estate and enchanting interior of one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. The magnificent 17th century Drumlanrig Castle boasts over 40 acres of beautiful maintained gardens and offers a range of of activities for the whole family.

    Set in the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, complete with a country park and Victorian gardens, this 17th century castle is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the country. The Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, Drumlanrig Castle with its magnificent rooms and spectacular collections of silver, porcelain, French furniture and art - including Rembrandt's Old Woman Reading - is perhaps one of the most rewarding and romantic of Scotland's great houses.

    Spend a day exploring the estate on foot and you can choose from short trails to more strenuous way marked paths. The numerous trails, which range from 1.5km to 7km, follow an extensive network of paths and tracks – some of which date from the Victorian period. Or why not explore the scenic cycle tracks and off-road mountain bike trails? There is a trail to suit every ability and interest from technical single-track routes, to swooping family trails through the beautiful Drumlanrig woodlands, to scenic country back roads. Bikes and trailer hire is available.

    Alternatively, join one of the estate's knowledgeable rangers on a walk or Land Rover tour to discover the estate's wild landscapes, diverse natural history and flora and fauna. Along the way keep a look out for otters, red squirrels and birds of prey as well as some of the estate’s most impressive trees including the Drumlanrig Sycamore – one of the oldest in the country – and the very first Douglas Fir to be planted in the UK.

    Situated against the spectacular backdrop of the castle, adults can sit back and relax on benches while watching their children explore the aerial runways, slides, rope bridges and climbing frames of the estate’s fantastic adventure playground.

     

    Gradings
    5 Castle
    Awards
    Mobility difficulties Children Welcome Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    2014/2015 Winter Opening (walks, cycle routes, bile trails)
    30 Sep 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
    2014 Castle Opening Times
    1 May 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
    2014 Gardens and Estate Opening Times
    1 Apr 2014 - 30 Sep 2014

    Please visit www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk for further details

    Catering

    • Lunch Available lunch from mid-day until 4.30 pm, Monday through to Sunday during the summer season.
    • Kiosk/ Shop
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Breakfast Available traditional breakfast treats from 10 am until mid-day Monday through to Sunday during the summer season.

    Domestic

    • Toilets

    Location

    • Rural Location

    Transport

    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Parking
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Disabled Parking

    Children

    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Children Welcome

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities
    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome Drumlanrig Castle welcomes group bookings from Schools and other Groups throughout the year by appointment. Groups and coach tours requiring private dining in the Old Stables are asked to book beforehand to ensure availability.
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Dogs Welcome Dogs are welcome here at Drumlanrig but must be kept on a lead in the car park, stableyard, gardens and policy areas. Dogs are not permitted in the Advernture playpark
    • Groups Welcome Drumlanrig Castle welcomes group bookings from Schools and other Groups throughout the year by appointment. Groups and coach tours requiring private dining in the Old Stables are asked to book beforehand to ensure availability.
    • Disabled Citizens Drumlanrig Castle is suitable for disabled access. There is a lift within the Castle, and the Tearoom and Stableyard, where the Visitor Centre, Cycle Museum and Cafe are can be easily accessed. There are many hard surface paths
    • Children Welcome

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair

    Lift

    • There is a lift

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria

    Parking

    • Parking provided for visitors

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

    • To make your day extra special, why not enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea in our Tea Room at the conclusion of your tour of the Castle. Ask for a joint ticket at time of purchase.

    • A joint ticket is available to visit Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate and The Museum of Lead Mining which is located in Wanlockhead (approximately 20 minutes from Drumlanrig). This joint ticket is available to purchase at either Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate or The Museum of Lead Mining

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