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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

Please note that damage to a bridge means that there is currently no access to view the stone foundations of the old castle in the grounds of Caerlaverock Castle.





The main car park is on a slight slope. The overflow car park is level. Both are grass reinforced with plastic.

Visitors can be dropped off at the visitor centre.

Approach to site

The main car park is about 100m away from the:

  • reception area along a sloping tarmac path
  • castle along sloping tarmac and cut grass path

The overflow car park is level tarmac and 25m from the visitor centre.

Visitor centre and Café

The visitor centre is 200m from the castle along a sloping tarmac and paved surface.

The visitor centre is step-free. There is also level access to the café (view our menu).

The Siege of Caerlaverock exhibition is also on the level. This includes an audio-visual presentation. There is no induction loop.


After the moat there is a short but steep (1:6 gradient) downwards grass section.

The main-level route inside the castle is paved and allows access around the courtyard to the south range from where there are excellent views of the east range and the moat.

Some rooms are reached via steps, but most of these can also be viewed from the path. The majority of these rooms have gravel surfaces.

Upper levels of the east range are reached via a spiral staircase with handrails.


The woodland path to the old castle:

  • is about 1km long
  • has many stepped and non-stepped level changes
  • has earth and decked walkway sections
  • involves steps over the moat at the old castle

Special features

Caerlaverock is in a countryside location with varied habitats, so there are many species of birds and plants to enjoy.

The woodland path joins the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve


An adapted toilet is next to the exhibition.


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Caerlaverock Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

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