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Address: Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
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+44 1620 850330

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved...

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved ruins. Cross the deep moat guarded by high walls and an imposing tower, glancing up at the 'murder hole' above your head. Look for the vaulted dome inside the 1249 tower, the grim prison and pit and the 1550s 'beehive' dovecote. Discover stories of sieges, nobility and witchcraft.

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A really interesting castle ruin and grounds

Well worth a visit, especially for families. There are lots of rooms and corners to explore - just let the kids loose!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Well worth a visit, especially for families. There are lots of rooms and corners to explore - just let the kids loose!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Good ruins, plenty of places for kids to explore, lots of different rooms/levels, & big drawbridge. Large garden areas

Thank thatswhatIthink
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Loved our visit here. Friendly staff in the shop. Castle is brilliant for young explorers with plenty of nooks and crannies. Interesting for history buffs and great views over the countryside. Well worth a trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Nice to pop in on the way to yellowcraig beach and take a walk to north Berwick and back. Dirt on is a nice village with 2 nice restaurants one within the pub. Opposite the pub is the castle which has been kept very trim ...a strong fortress and protectorate. A wee shop sells small memorabilia. .car park enough for... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is a well kept and interesting castle ruin. We spent longer than expected here and there are great views from the top. Staff were very friendly.

Thank George M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

The castle was abandoned in 17th century by the family who owned it in favour of more comfortable accommodation nearby. It is an interesting example of its type, even though there is not much of it left. You could see it all in an hour. No major historical incidents took place here, but if you are playing Muirfield and need... More 

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Although a ruin it still is worth a visit complete with its lovely gardens (depending on the time of year of coarse). Built in the 13th century and in 1650 besieged and destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.

Thank Felixstowe2016
Altdorf bei Nurnberg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It s the ideal place to spent at least 2 hours, the castle is surrounded by a very nice flower garden . The walls are very well kept and there is also a quite unique pigeon tour The village around the castle is also wonderful to visit

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Oban, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We paid a visit one morning from Edinburgh and after an unwelcoming visit to the pub opposite we were pleased to find a helpful and friendly young man on the desk. I was looking forward to seeing the garden and even in October it was quite impressive, but it was asking a lot for huge herbaceous borders to be in... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This castle is great and a very nice way to spend a day there is loads to explore and the staff are very informative but it can be hard or dangerous to get to some areas as i am dysprixic this is a problem and the place needs modernisation of facilities but all in all a great day out

Thank Darth R

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