Thirlestane Castle


Thirlestane Castle Trust, Lauder, Berwickshire, TD2 6RU

    Did you know that Thirlestane Castle is one of the seven ‘Great Houses of Scotland’ and it's fascinating story begins in the 13th century.

    Thirlestane Castle nestles in the hills of the beautiful Scottish Borders just one hour south of Edinburgh.

    The Castle was originally a great stone keep but over the years became a grand ducal palace and then a grand country mansion.  It is the ancient seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale, and today it continues to be the Maitland family home.

    There are so many fascinating things to see in this splendid building.  Exquisite 17th century plasterwork ceilings, fine furnishings, pictures, Maitland family treasures, historic toys and a country life exhibition.

    Explore the Entrance Hall, with a collection of weapons dating from 1745, and the Duke’s Grand Bed Chamber, one of the most impressive rooms in the castle.

    In the Dining Room you will find a large collection of family portraits, and the kids will love the old family nurseries which are home to many Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian toys.

    Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at the castle in 1745, after the victory at the Battle of Prestonpans, and you can admire the room he stayed in for yourself.

    Facilities include free parking for castle visitors, a woodland walk and a gift shop. Coffees, light lunches and teas are served in the Old Servants Hall.


    4 Historic House
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    31 May 2016 - 3 Sep 2016

    Castle 10am - 3pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 31st May - 3rd September 2014
    Grounds 10am - 5pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 31st May - 3rd September 2014


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • Cash


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street


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


    • ASVA Member
    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, drive south down Old Dalkeith Road and take the A68 to Lauder.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Edinburgh Airport, follow ring road to roundabout at A68. Follow A68 south to Lauder then signs on all main approach roads.

    Getting there by ferry:- From Newcastle Ferry Terminal, follow A68 to Lauder.

    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
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

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

    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 28


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

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

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