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Dirleton Castle

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Well preserved

Interesting castle & grounds. Great history associated with the area. Run by historic scotland... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dumbarton, United Kingdom
We'll be back again and again!

We've driven past Dirleton Castle for years and thought it was just a ruin but we were so wrong! We... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century. The renowned gardens include an Arts and Crafts herbaceous border and Victorian garden. The herbaceous border has been authenticated by the Guinness...more
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Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
+44 1620 850330
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All reviews historic scotland nooks and crannies well worth a visit lovely village information boards full bloom public toilets bowling green stunning gardens walk around car park staff were very friendly interesting history couple of hours east lothian sunny day bass rock
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting castle & grounds. Great history associated with the area. Run by historic scotland. Well worth a visit to get some info about how people lived years ago. A lot of the building is well preserved.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

We've driven past Dirleton Castle for years and thought it was just a ruin but we were so wrong! We recently took our grandchildren (4 & 2) for a visit and we all loved it.. So much exploring to enjoy both upstairs and downstairs with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

We had amazing time at Dirleton Castle today. Too bad that the prison wasn’t open to the public. Staff was super nice :)

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

I took my mother and my children (aged 9 and 6) to Dirleton Castle this weekend, and despite my eldest having a huge meltdown because she didn't want to go, once we got there she loved it! It's a stunning ruined castle, which is still...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Alice L
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Not all that far from Edinburgh and close to North Berwick, Dirleton Castle - or what remains of it - is well worth the visit. Majestic ruins still convey an idea as to what life was like here in the Middle Ages and later periods....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank gpm75015
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Fascinating place to visit, steeped in history, lots of information boards, spent an hour and a half exploring all the rooms and garden, dogs welcome too.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

Staying in Warkworth decided on a visit to 2 castles in Scotland to give some insight into a book (3 Queens) I had just read. This castle was close by so took the opportunity to visit. Set in very well cared for grounds it doesn't...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

This was a great castle to visit, ruined but still has all its walls intact and imposing as it looks out on the local area. Plenty of rooms to look around and stairs to climb. Plenty of informative information boards telling the history of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time here (4 adults and one dog). The castle was great to walk around and there were many benches to just sit and soak up the atmosphere! The dog was very welcome as long as he stayed on his lead, he...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lizard112
Reviewed September 15, 2018

We visited numerous castles while in Scotland and Ireland and found Dirleton to be one of our favorites. We loved the history and the quality of the ruins. It was the best castle to see what life was like for these folks with much of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 25, 2017|
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Response from Brian S | Reviewed this property |
I was there with my 7 year old son & 5 year old daughter, for a 7 year old, the castle is easily accessible but for my daughter, the steep stone steps and narrow staircases caused a few problems. - lot of hand holding and... More
Nigel D
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Response from AsbelLhant | Reviewed this property |
*allowed Lol. If your dog barks too much you may be kicked out ;)
June 19, 2016|
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Response from binaduncan | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to be so long in replying we are staying where there is no internet connection. We travelled by bike so parking not a problem, in fact caretaker took our bikes into castle grounds! Dirleton is a quiet we place and... More