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Thirlestane Castle

Lauder, Scottish Borders, Scotland

  • Thirlestane Castle
  • Thirlestane Castle
  • Thirlestane Castle

Attraction Information

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  • Castles and Palaces icon Castles and Palaces
  • Stately Homes and Gardens icon 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 Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Thirlestane Castle's website
01578 722430

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

May - October (check website for annual dates)

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

'Pay once, visit free for a year' when you Gift Aid your admission. Grounds only tickets available also.

Last Entry

The last entry time is 2 hours before closing time. 

More Information

Eating information

Tea room open 10:00 - 16:00 on castle open days.

Pets allowed

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. 

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)


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