Thirlestane Castle

Spectacular Borders house with magnificent interiors set in a meadow landscape.

Lauder, Berwickshire, TD2 6RU

Thirlestane Castle in Berwickshire, Scotland
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  • Accessible parking
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  • Facilities for children
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  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
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  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
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Join one of our exceptional guided tours where Thirlestane is brought to life through incredible stories about the Castle’s history and the key role the Maitland family have held in Scotland over four centuries.
Small groups of guests are taken on a journey by our experienced guides who share their vast knowledge in an engaging and entertaining style. They take the upmost pride in ensuring each tour has a personal touch and invite guests to join them for a complimentary hot refreshment and a Scottish treat to complete the memorable experience.

Dating back to the 16th century, Thirlestane Castle is one of the oldest and finest inhabited castles in Scotland. It is the ancient seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and has been home to the Maitland family for over 400 years.
Discover fascinating collections and connections to famous historic figures, including the connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots.
Explore the splendid State Rooms with their exquisite 17th century Dunsterfield gold-gilded ceilings and one of the most extensive family collections of portraits and busts in Scotland. The latest tour addition includes the enchanting Toy Museum ‘School Room’, featuring an impressive collection of over 1,000 Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian toys.

Make more unforgettable memories at one of Thirlestane’s exciting events including the showstopping BVAC Classic Festival of Motoring, decadent Afternoon Tea, specialist tours and more.

Extend your time at Thirlestane by staying in the luxury castle suites, available to be taken individually or as a group for up to sixteen people.
Alternatively, enjoy the ultimate rural retreat in a cosy woodland lodge nestled on the Lauderdale Estate, each with a private hot tub.

Thirlestane Castle is also available for exclusive hire and is the perfect location for those special occasions in your life. From spectacular weddings to unforgettable birthday celebrations, holding an event at Thirlestane Castle will have your guests reminiscing for years to come.

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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The castle is open for public tours from 2 May to 29 October 2023.

Tours are available Tuesday-Sunday each week, please check the Thirlestane Castle website for availability and to pre-book your tours.

Private Guided Tours available year-round by appointment only.


Pre-booking of guided tours is highly recommended. This can be done at our website.

Guided Tour Prices:

Guided Tour Prices:

Adult: £15.00

Child: £5.00

Family (2 Adults and up to 3 Children): £35.00

Grounds Pass £3.50
Group Rate £12.50

Historic Houses Members: Free

Young Scot £1.00

Group Visits

The friendly and flexible team at Thirlestane Castle prides itself on a warm welcome to group tours and we do our utmost to tailor tours to suit any group and requirements.

The local, experienced and entertaining guides have a wealth of knowledge about the Castle and bring the fascinating history to life.

for the latest information.
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Lauder, Berwickshire, TD2 6RU

Thirlestane Castle is just off the A68 on the south side of the pretty town of Lauder, just 35 minutes south of Edinburgh. Follow the brown tourist signs once at Lauder. The main entrance is through the large Eagle Gates on the B6362.

Visitors can get the train to Stow then it is a 15-minute taxi journey to the castle.

Border Buses 51 and 52 from Edinburgh and Kelso/Jedburgh stop just outside the castle.

What3words: the main visitor entrance is at ///kite.dabbling.caveman

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Thirlestane Castle, Lauder. Photograph by Phil Wilkinson

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