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Overview

A wide moat, twin-towered gatehouse and lofty battlements make Caerlaverock the epitome of the medieval stronghold. Learn all about its turbulent history as a castle caught up in border conflicts.

Its fairytale appearance means the castle is also a popular filming location. Caerlaverock features in The Decoy Bride, a romantic comedy starring David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald.

View a map of our locations to have starred in film and TV. Download Historic Scotland on Screen [PDF, 679.37KB]

What to see and do

  • Stand in awe of the formidable red sandstone defensive walls – unique in Britain for their triangular shape
  • Learn all about siege warfare by paying a visit to the permanent exhibition
  • Look inside Nithsdale Lodging, a remarkable 17th-century residence in the castle courtyard
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz

Download our interactive Castle Quest App before your visit to the castle

Download the Castle Quest App

3D model of Caerlaverock Castle

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Opening times

The castle grounds, shop and toilets are open (the castle remains closed).

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

No booking currently required and while the castle is closed there is no admission charge.

Facilities

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More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

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