Duns Castle

Gothic house built around a medieval peel tower.

Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3NW

The front of Duns Castle
Not free for members
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
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for the latest information.

Duns Castle, named Venue of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Event Awards, is an idyllic, exclusive-use venue for weddings, film shoots, holidays, meetings and events.

Located just one hour south-east of Edinburgh, the stunning 1200-acre estate boasts its own nature reserve complemented by extensive lawns, forest trails, historical sites and bespoke activities. The castle dates from 1320 and has been the home of the Hay family since 1696. The property sleeps up to 55 among its 12 unique bedrooms and its 6 holiday cottages and can seat 60 for dinner. An enchanting paradise for wedding couples and their photographers, it is hardly surprising that Duns Castle recently starred in a global marketing campaign linked to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Duns Castle is also hugely symbolic as a choice of wedding venue, for the Scottish Covenanter forces amassed here in 1639 to successfully defend Scotland’s freedom of worship.


This house is not part of the Free for Members scheme, but is one of many houses on our website that we support to promote their tours, weddings, filming and other commercial offerings. To see all the places you can visit as a Historic Houses member, please visit our ‘Free for Members’ listings page here. Or to find out more about how the membership scheme works and how it supports our work to protect independent heritage, visit our page here.

Educational Visits

Duns castle can offer educational visits, these are usually bespoke and by appointment only. Some visits are residential and the castle regularly hosts residential visits from international academia.

For more information please contact us:


  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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