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Drumlanrig Castle

Fortress turned aristocratic mansion.

Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4AQ

Drumlanrig Castle and the Scottish landscape
Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • EV charging options
  • Facilities for children
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
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Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking

**Please note we are having trouble with our lift within the Castle – please get in touch before booking a Castle Tour if you cannot access stairs.

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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

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.

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Castle Tours, Tearoom & Gift Shop (includes Gardens & Playground and Parking)
Pre-booking strongly recommended.

Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April
Saturday 4 May – Monday 6 May
Saturday 25 May – Monday 27 May
Friday – Monday in July and August

Gardens & Adventure Playground (includes Car Parking)
1 March – 31 October, 7 days a week, 9.30am – 4.30pm
(Larchwood Cabin Café will open from 10am)

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free:

Please book online and select Historic Houses option, you will need to enter your membership number.

Castle Tours (includes Gardens & Playground Entry and Car Parking)

Adults £18
Children £9 (under 5’s free)
Concessions/Students £15

Gardens & Adventure Playground (includes Car Parking)

Adults £8
Children £6 (under 5’s free)
Concessions £7

 

 

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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.

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

**Please note we are having trouble with our lift within the Castle – please get in touch before booking a Castle Tour if you cannot access stairs.

Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4AQ

We’re situated just off A76, 17 miles north of Dumfries. Also signposted from the M74 (J14 southbound) and A702 at Abington and Elvanfoot.

The Dumfries-Ayr 246 bus drops you at the estate entrance, where it is a one and a half mile walk through the stunning grounds. The nearest train station is approx. 10 miles away at Sanquhar. From here take the 246 bus or a local taxi.

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Drumlanrig Castle grounds and gardens

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