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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 while exploring the castle. Available on site
  • Download our interactive Castle Quest App before your visit to the castle
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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

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