Around 19 miles east of Edinburgh and two miles north of North Berwick, Dirleton Castle is a fortress whose origins date to the 13th century. The structure, which includes a pit-prison, chapel and cavernous storage vaults, is set within extensive gardens from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
13th-century Dirleton Castle has boasted a garden probably since its earliest days as a medieval fortified residence. Today, there is a colourful blend of traditional formal gardens and more contemporary plantings, including – as the Guinness Book of Records testifies – the world’s longest herbaceous border.
• In Dirleton village 3m W of North Berwick on the A198 • Open all year • Admission: Adult £4.70 Child £2.35 Concessions £3.70 • VisitScotland grading ★★★★
Find out more about Dirleton Castle at historic-scotland.gov.uk
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Easter Eggsplorer Trail
Join an Easter Eggsploration through some of Scotland's castles, abbeys, forts and palaces. Find all the clues to complete the challenge.
Man at Arms Weapons Talk
The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.
Sat 1 Apr
Sat 8 Apr
Sat 15 Apr
In 1650 Oliver Cromwell laid siege to Dirleton Castle. Inside were a band of Covenanters – or mosstroopers as they were called – who had been marauding the land and disrupting supply lines after the Battle of Dunbar. Come along and learn more about this side of Dirleton's rich history.