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Thirlestane Castle

Type:Historic House / Palace

Lauder, Berwickshire, TD2 6RU

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Thirlestane Castle was the ancient seat of the Earls and Duke of Lauderdale and is still home to the Maitlands. Thirlestane has exquisite 17th century plasterwork ceilings, a fine portrait collection, historic toys, kitchens and country life exhibitions. Facilities include free parking, Cafe, adventure playground, and woodland picnic tables. Four star STB award; Registered Museum.

Woodland walk, children's adventure playground, tea room, gift shop. Suitablity for the Disabled: Some areas suitable. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Parking: Cars and coaches. Accommodation: Double, ensuite.


Road Directions

By car: Thirlestane Castle is signposted off the A68 at Lauder.

By public transport: Buses 51 and 52 stop near the castle and run to and from Edinburgh every hour.

Accessible by Public Transport: Stow station is 6 miles away.



  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Opening Times

* 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) 2nd May-1st October 2017 - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Please check the website for details.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Member 2017
  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017

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