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Thirlestane Castle

  • Lauder
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Castles and Palaces

Attraction Information

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

Opening hours

May - October:

Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 

Last Entry

The last entry time is 2 hours before closing time. 


Adults: £8.00

Kids £3.50

Senior: £6.50

Family (2 adults, 3 kids): £20.00

Travel & Contact Information


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

Phone number

01578 722430



Click here to visit Thirlestane Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Free parking in large car park on the castle grounds.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

There are baby food/milk warming facilities available. 

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Thirlestane Castle is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

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.

Yes, Thirlestane Castle have stated they are pushchair friendly.

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

Additional Info

Additional information

Public Transport

Nearest trains station: Stow (6 miles)

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

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