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Drumlanrig Castle

Fortress turned aristocratic mansion.

Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4AQ

Drumlanrig Castle and the Scottish landscape
Free for members
Facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Drumlanrig Castle is the Dumfriesshire home of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry.

The Castle is one of Scotland’s finest examples of 17th-century Renaissance architecture. Towering over the Nith Valley, Drumlanrig houses items from the world-renowned Buccleuch Collection including works by Rembrandt and Holbein.

On a guided tour, visitors will learn about the castle’s fascinating history, from the original ‘Braveheart’ story to Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s visit.

40 acres of beautifully maintained gardens lead to the extensive estate, with waymarked walks, cycling, Land Rover tours, tearoom and shop. The Castle and its grounds are available for corporate and private events.

Opening Times

2022

Castle & Gardens:

15, 16, 17 & 18 April.

30th April, 1, 2 May.

1 July to 31 August.

Tour times to be confirmed.

The Gardens, Adventure Playground and Larchwood Cabin: Daily 1 April to 30 September; 11am to 5pm.

The Estate Walks, Trails and Stableyard Businesses. – Open all year

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free:

Members can book directly via the website by selecting ‘Castle or Gardens Historic Houses’. Membership cards should be shown on arrival.

Gardens & Parkland:

Includes gardens, tearoom, Larchwood cafe, adventure playground, walks, cycle and mountain bike trails.

Castle, Gardens & Parkland:

Includes Castle tour, gardens, tearoom, cafe, gift shop, adventure playground, walks, cycle and mountain bike trails.

Visitors may also enjoy exploring the individual businesses/crafters in the Stableyard Studios. (Opening times vary) tour, gardens, tearoom, cafe, shop, adventure playground, walks, cycle and mountain bike trails.

More admission details

Group Visits

We would be delighted to welcome you to Drumlanrig Castle as part of group tour.

You will be welcomed with a breathtaking drive through the estate and the tree lined avenue up to the beautiful castle. There are a variety of fantastic fully guided tours available with one of the knowledgeable guides, starting with a 1-hour Castle Tour.

Tours of the Gardens are also available.

Educational Visits

The Buccleuch family and the Queensberry Estate are committed to working with educational bodies under the Curriculum for Excellence and Outdoor Learning programmes.

Taking the classroom outdoors is an excellent way to promote and encourage a deeper understanding of the impact of environmental management on the local countryside.

School visits at Drumlanrig are suitable for nursery, primary and secondary School children and can be adapted to suit specific curriculum requirements and age groups. Visits can be either ranger-led or self-guided and can include a tour of the Castle, a variety of walks or a chance to experience some of our rural businesses at work.

For further information please call 01848 331555, or email info@drumlanrigcastle.co.uk.

Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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Drumlanrig Castle grounds and gardens

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