Historic Scotland
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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 October to 31 March:
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm

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Explore a castle hotly fought over during the Wars of Independence with England. Bothwell Castle, built on a grand scale in the late 1200s, frequently passed back and forth between English and Scottish hands.

Such hostility – in particular Edward I’s great siege of 1301 – meant the castle was never completed to its original plan. Yet, with its imposing donjon, it’s one of Scotland’s most impressive medieval strongholds standing today.

What to see and do

  • Admire Bothwell’s dramatic location by a winding curve in the River Clyde
  • Marvel at the 13th-century donjon, a circular keep tower that’s without parallel in Scotland
  • Shudder at the grimness of medieval prisons as you take in the prison tower
  • Step inside the 14th-century chapel, an impressive remnant of the days of the Black Douglases
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