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More of our sites are now available to pre-book in advance of their opening later this month. We are working hard to open other sites in the coming weeks

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Access

Parking

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.

Monument

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.

Grounds

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

Toilets

An adapted toilet is next to the exhibition.

Dogs

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 at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Areas/facilities that will be open during your visit:

  • Castle is fully open (except Murdoch’s Tower and stair to 3rd floor in East range). . One-way routes to ground floor of East Range, and to first floor Gatehouse & East Ranges
  • Free roaming around Grounds including at the Old Castle
  • Exhibition space closed, but introductory video will be available on QR code spot at Mangonel
  • Shop

Areas/facilities that remain closed for now:

  • Woodland walk
  • Murdoch’s Tower and stair to third floor in East Range. One-way routes to ground floor of East Range, and to first floor Gatehouse & East Ranges. There is no wheelchair access to first floor
  • Café
  • Exhibition (QR code available at Mangonel with introductory video)
Historic Scotland

Opening times

The grounds of this site are open and free to visit. The castle is currently closed, but is due to re-open on Fri 21 Aug, and tickets are available to pre-book now.

21 Aug to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

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

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