Caerlaverock Castle

Castle Road End, Dumfries, DG1 4RU

01387 770 244


The grounds and shop are accessible.

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle. Find out more about our conservation work

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.


Parking is available at two plastic reinforced grass areas. The car park is on a slight incline. Visitors can be dropped off at the visitor centre.

Approach to the site

The main car park is about 100m away from the visitor centre on a tarmac surface at an upward incline.

The overflow car park is 25m from visitor centre on a level tarmac area.

In front of the visitor centre is a gravel track which can be mucky in wet weather and has pot-holes.

Ear Defenders

A limited number of adult and children’s ear defenders are available at this site. Please ask a member of staff if you want to borrow them.


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.

Visiting the site (castle currently closed)

Visitors will be able to move through grounds without following a specific route, though social distancing measures will be in place. In the castle, a one-way system will be in place. Please follow the directional signage in place. Access to some spaces may be limited.

  • The visitor centre and shop is step free 

    There is an adapted toilet next to the visitor centre

  • The exhibition will not be open at this time

  • The castle about 200m from the visitor centre, over tarmac, paved and grass surfaces up a slope

    Nearing the castle after the moat there is a short but steep (1:6) downwards grass section

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

  • There are steps down into some rooms, but most of these can also be viewed from the path. The majority of these rooms have gravel surfaces. Historic stone spiral stairs with handrails lead to the upper levels of the east range

  • The path to the old castle is approximately 350m from the visitor centre, and is tarmac and gravel. There are steps over the moat at the old castle

  • There are picnic benches and summer seats for visitors

Euan's Guide Reviews

Historic Scotland

Opening times

The grounds and shop are accessible.

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle.

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

Last entry to the shop is at 5.15pm

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


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