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Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle | Scottish Borders, Lauder TD2 6RU, Scotland
+44 1578 722430
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Wonderful visit

We had a wonderful tour guide who took time to tell us about the castle and it's history. She was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jenttiem
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Maumelle, Arkansas
In the heart of its people

Thirlestane Castle was lovely especially so because of the volunteers who do the work and told me... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
stonewallscarlett
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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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A unique 16th century turreted castle in the Scottish Borders offering castle tours and use of the grounds and children's play area. Thirlestane Castle is now closed for the winter season. Our open dates for 2018 are Sunday - Thursday from 30 April - 30 September from 10am to 4pm. Thirlestane can also be used for weddings and events, along with holiday lets through use of the castle's luxury Lauderdale Apartment.
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Thirlestane Castle | Scottish Borders, Lauder TD2 6RU, Scotland
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+44 1578 722430
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"tea room"
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"plaster ceilings"
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"well worth a visit"
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"tour guide"
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"volunteer guides"
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"grounds are beautiful"
in 3 reviews
"state rooms"
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"historical importance"
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"soup"
in 4 reviews
"ancestral home"
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"pleasant visit"
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"two floors"
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"lovely location"
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"interesting place"
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"cakes"
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"car park"
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"short drive from edinburgh"
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a wonderful tour guide who took time to tell us about the castle and it's history. She was very informed and shared a lot of interesting information and incidents making the tour more interesting. It was a great experience to tour the house...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Thirlestane Castle was lovely especially so because of the volunteers who do the work and told me much about the castle, the previous inhabitants, the history. They knew the little things and they were passionate. The castle looks just like fresh out of Scottish History....More

Thank stonewallscarlett
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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your very kind comments and for taking the time to share them with us. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you again soon. I will pass on your compliments to our wonderful volunteers.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have visited many castles and stately homes over the years and Thirlestane is certainly not the oldest, biggest or best but we have never been made to feel as welcome as we did today. The staff were highly knowledgeable, were keen to share their...More

Thank louise951
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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are so happy to hear that you had a lovely day at Thirlestane Castle. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I will pass on your compliments to the guides and also to the cleaners. We are in the process of...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visiting family in Lauder and staying on the attached caravan site a visit to the castle was a must. What a fantastic place, lots to see, plenty of information about the castle history and its contents easily to hand and staff available for further help....More

Thank Tony L
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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We love to hear about people's visits to the castle and we are glad you had a good day.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Castle today as it featured in the Gardeners World 2 for 1 guide. The lady at the entrance made us aware that the rose garden had been dug up, but the guide also said there is extensive parkland to explore. In fact...More

Thank Pauline T
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Rhona J, Marketing and Administration Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for coming to visit Thirlestane Castle. Regrettably we lost many of our roses due to the long winter so are taking the opportunity to re-landscape our gardens. We apologise that you weren't made aware of this and you didn't enjoy your...More

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Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

My partner booked the accommodation at the castle for my birthday. The apartment was perfect, spacious, clean and just wonderful. Anita the housekeeper for the castle couldn’t do enough to make our stay and also my birthday a memorable weekend including a private tour of...More

Thank matt402
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We are thrilled your birthday weekend was such an enjoyable experience and we will pass on your compliments to Anita. Many happy returns from all the staff! We hope to welcome you back...More

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Reviewed October 23, 2017

Lovely village location . Spacious site. Clean toilet /shower block but very cold. Friendly helpful staff. The static caravan park was really nice. The touring pitches were very narrow. When you step down from the van you step on to grass which was very wet...More

Thank Lynda P
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of the Thirlestane Castle Caravan Park which is based on the castle estate. We will pass on your kind comments to the staff there and we are glad you had a good stay. We are...More

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Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

We are staying in the caravan site at Thirlestane Castle and decided to view the castle. It is a short walk along the drive to the castle and you pay at a small hut half way along the drive - the entrance fee is very...More

Thank newto85
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2017

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. It is good to hear that you found plenty to see and do. I will pass on your compliments to our volunteer guides and...More

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Reviewed September 28, 2017

Interesting place to take a wander around. Rooms are interesting and staff very informative and helpful. Pleasant visit and very relaxing

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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2017

Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

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Reviewed September 27, 2017

In a delightful setting, the Castle is very attractive and rather unusual compared to the "standard" castle with battlements etc. The stone is a lovely colour giving it a warm appearance. Plenty of car park spaces at the front. Easy access to the lovely tea...More

Thank 2010mustang
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Rhona J, Marketing Executive at Thirlestane Castle, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. The castle is certainly very unique compared to many in Scotland. We have a large car park on site and several spaces at the castle for those with mobility issues. You are right, the bells...More

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ROBERT R
September 26, 2016|
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Response from Rhona J | Property representative |
Yes there is plenty of parking for your motorhome while you visit the castle. There is also our Caravan Park if you would like to stay longer.
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ailsacraig2014
September 5, 2016|
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Response from Rhona J | Property representative |
Yes you are welcome to bring your dog on a lead in the grounds. We look forward to welcoming you.
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