Spectacular Jousting Caerlaverock FAQs

Experience an afternoon of exhilarating horsemanship and impressive skills as the brave and courageous knights battle it out at our annual jousting tournament.

General information

The event takes place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July. We recommend booking in advance to avoid missing out.

There will be two jousts during the events day at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The jousts are approximately 45 minutes long. There will also be a full supporting programme of activity throughout the day.

(Timings are the same on both Saturday and Sunday)

The event will start at 11 am, but you will be able to access the grounds from 9.30 am to make sure you get the best spot! The full programme for the day will be available to download in advance of the day so you can plan your visit.

We recommend booking in advance to make sure you're not disappointed on the day.

If the event needs to be cancelled, due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, ticket holders will be contacted via email and automatically refunded. Funds will show within 30 days and you do not need to contact us. Please check our closures page or our Twitter channel (#HSclosure) before travelling to the event.

All tickets purchased are non-refundable as per our ticketing terms and conditions.

Yes the event takes place fully outside. Please check the weather forecast in advance and dress appropriately on the day and bring plenty of sun protection. 

Dogs are welcome at Spectacular Jousting, but please keep them on a lead at all times. 

Our catering vendor Brigston & Co will be selling, bacon rolls, artisan hot dogs and speciality chips. There will be vegetarian and vegan options. See the food menu for the day.

In our castle shop, there will also be an offering of sweet treats, including traybakes and biscuits, and an ice cream van will be at the event.

You are also welcome to bring along your own picnic to enjoy in the castle grounds.

Getting to the event

How do I get to Caerlaverock Castle on the day?

National Grid reference: NY 025 656

Telephone: 01387 770 244

View Caerlaverock Castle on Google maps

Parking is available in the field neighbouring the castle. Stewards will be on hand to direct you on arrival.

Please make car park stewards aware you require access to the castle car park which provides closer access to the event. The car park is on a tarmac surface at an upward incline.

The event takes place on the grassed grounds to the exterior of the castle and in the neighbouring field with ramped access. Note the nature of the site means there are uneven surfaces on the grounds.

Admission and cancellations

Your tickets will be attached in your email confirmation in a PDF document. Please print your tickets and bring them with you or show on your mobile phone to gain entry. Your email confirmation email should arrive shortly after booking. If you have not received this, please check your junk folder in the first instance. If you have not received this please contact ticketing@hes.scot with details of your booking (name on booking, email address used and site visiting).

Explorer Pass holders do not get free entry for this event.

We recognise that some visitors require extra assistance and therefore we offer free entry to carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. No ID will be required. Advanced booking is required. Up to 2 carer tickets can be added per booking online.


If you are a member, your ticket is free for the event but we recommend booking in advance so you don’t miss out. Please bring along your valid membership card as you will need to show this to gain entry.

If you have lost your membership card, please contact the membership team in advance of the event, and they will send your replacement card and a confirmation email.  

You can also download a digital membership card via the Historic Scotland App.

If you are a carer, you receive free entry to this event. Please book this online in advance. Tickets are limited to 2 carers per transaction.

If you are an English Heritage, Cadw or Manx Heritage 1st year member, you receive half price entry to the event. English Heritage members of more than one year and life members receive free entry. We recommend booking in advance to avoid missing out and valid membership cards are required to be shown on arrival with your ticket to gain entry.