Dirleton Castle

Dirleton, East Lothian, EH39 5ER

01620 850 330
 

Overview

This magnificent fortress–residence served three successive noble families over 400 years. Badly damaged in Cromwell’s 1650 siege, Dirleton’s fortunes were revived by its new owners in the 1660s.

The Nisbet family built a new mansion house nearby to live in and made the picturesque castle ruins the central feature in their new designed landscape. They also breathed new life into the splendid gardens, now home to the world’s longest herbaceous border.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

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 or doocoot. 

The gardens, exhibition and shop are open.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Sat to Wed, 9.30am to 5pm
Last entry 4.15pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Sat to Mon, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.15pm

Closed for lunch 12 noon to 1pm.

We recommend booking online in advance to guarantee entry.

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