Thirlestane Castle | Day Out With The Kids

Thirlestane Castle

Lauder, Scottish Borders, Scotland

  • Girl looking into doll house at Thirlestane Castle in Lauder
  • Outside view of Thirlestane Castle in Lauder
  • Dining room at Thirlestane Castle in Lauder

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

Thirlestane Castle is a magnificent 16th Century Castle set in a quiet meadow landscape, the fairytale exterior makes it the perfect place for a magical day out.

Come and explore one of Scotland's oldest castles with all of its grandeur and majesticness. First take the I-Spy challenge, a fun game to help families uncover the secrets the castle holds! What will you spot? There is even a giant dolls house with some toys you can play with, great interactive history.

Then let the little ones loose on the adventure playground and take them on a lovely stroll on the riverside paths to let off a little steam. When you’re done get a yummy bite to eat in the tea room serving light lunches and snacks.

  • One of the oldest castles in Scotland
  • Beautiful artwork
  • Adventure playground & woodland walks


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD2 6RU, Scotland


Click here to visit Thirlestane Castle's website
01578 722430

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

May - October:

Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 


Adults: £8.00

Kids £3.50

Senior: £6.50

Family (2 adults, 3 kids): £20.00

Last Entry

The last entry time is 2 hours before closing time. 

More Information

Pets allowed

Pets are allowed in the grounds but not inside the castle.

Guest suitability

There are rough paths around the grounds which may not be suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs in some weather conditions. Only two floors of the castle have level access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The third floor is only accessible via a flight of stairs. The tea room, gift shop and toilets all have level access.

Parking facilities

Free parking in large car park on the castle grounds.

Public transport

Nearest trains station: Stow (6 miles)

Nearest bus stop: A68 in Lauder (less than one mile)

Baby food facilities

There are baby food/milk warming facilities available.