- Museums and Art Galleries
- Castles and Palaces
- Stately Homes and Gardens
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Indoor, 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
- Picnics Allowed
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD2 6RU, Scotland
Click here to visit Thirlestane Castle's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
May - October (check website for annual dates)
Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Family (2 adults & 3 kids): £20
'Pay once, visit free for a year' when you Gift Aid your admission. Grounds only tickets available also.
The last entry time is 2 hours before closing time.
Tea room open 10:00 - 16:00 on castle open days.
Pets are allowed but not inside the castle.
Toilets available inside the castle. More toilets outside the castle close to the adventure playground and picnic area.
Baby food facilities
There are baby food/milk warming facilities available.
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.
Free parking in large car park on the castle grounds.
Nearest trains station: Stow (6 miles)
Nearest bus stop: A68 in Lauder (less than one mile)