Opening Hours 2023
Castle Tours (includes Gardens & Playground)
2023 Dates: 8th – 10th April, 29th April – 1st May, 28th – 29th May and Fridays – Mondays in July & August
Special December Date: 2nd December at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm, to coincide with our Christmas Fair.
Gardens & Adventure Playground
1st April to 31st August
Friday to Monday in September
Open 14th-29th October (Closed Monday, Tuesday)
1st & 2nd December for Christmas Fair – more details here.
Open 11.00-15.00 Wed, Thus & Fri, 11.00-16.00 Sat & Sun
Book a Visit
Walks & Trails
Open All Year Round
Open 07.00 – 19.00
£2.50 Car Parking Charge Applies
Getting HereOpen Google Maps
Drumlanrig Castle and the Queensberry Estate is situated just off the A76 (Dumfries to Kilmarnock), 17 miles north of Dumfries, and is signposted from the M74 (J14 southbound) and A702 at Abington and Elvanfoot. Just an hour away from Glasgow.
We’ve been told that for some people their sat nav directions take them to a no-entry sign. If this happens to you, please follow the green signs that bring you back around to the Castle. Postcode DG3 4AQ.
Once you approach the Castle, the Castle car park is on your right. For the Gardens and Adventure Playground please turn left and follow the road down the hill. The entrance is on your right.
The 246 bus service (Dumfries-Ayr) from Dumfries in the South and Ayr in the North via Cumnock, will drop you at the Estate entrance on the A76 (no service brings you to the Castle itself). The walk from here to the Castle is 1.5 miles through the beautiful Estate grounds.
The X74 bus service will bring you from Glasgow to Cumnock. Then change to the 246 bus service (Ayr – Dumfries) to the Estate entrance for a 1.5 mile walk through the stunning Estate. Alternatively, you could take a local taxi.
The 101 bus service will bring you from Edinburgh to Thornhill, then change to the 246 bus service north to the Estate entrance, or take a taxi.
The train stops at Sanquhar. You would then take the 246 bus service south (Ayr-Dumfries) to the Estate entrance, or take a taxi. Coming from Carlisle, you could take the 246 bus service north (Dumfries-Ayr) from Dumfries Whitesands, or take a taxi.
Murphy’s Taxis Tel. 07961977691 operate locally and will gladly transport you to the Castle (depending on availability). We would recommend requesting a price and booking in advance.
Easy access is afforded from Prestwick International Airport (A76) and from the International Airports at Glasgow and Edinburgh by hired car.
Walks & Trails
Car Parking Charge – £2.50 per day
Gardens & Adventure Playground (includes Car Parking)
Children £6 (under 5’s free)
Castle Tours (includes Gardens & Playground Entry and Car Parking)
Children £9 (under 5’s free)
Season Pass - 2024 Pass Coming Soon
Enjoy the Gardens, Adventure Playground, Walks and Trails again and again for a one-off charge. Our great-value season pass lets you return to the playground and gardens as many times as you like until the end of September*. The pass also includes parking to enjoy the walks, and trails, until the end of 2023.
2024 Pricing and details coming soon.
See Terms and Conditions here
* Gardens and Playground open Friday to Monday in September.
Enjoy the Castle Tearoom
The Castle Tearoom offers delicious lunches, home baking and refreshments with the very best of local produce. Don’t miss the delicious afternoon tea!
The Castle Tearoom opens with the Castle (Please find Castle opening times here).
Larchwood Cabin Café
At the Larchwood Cabin we welcome you to the Gardens and Adventure Playground. In addition to a warm welcome you will find hot drinks, homemade cakes and traybakes and light lunches.
The Larchwood Cabin is open daily from 1st April to end of August and Friday to Monday in September and Saturday 1st October. Open 10am-4.30pm in July and August, 11am-4pm in September.
We hope to make planning your visit as simple as possible. As a result, we have prepared an Access Statement to help visitors of all ages and abilities know what to expect.
There is a lift inside the Castle (*Please note the lift is currently out of order – please contact us before you book if you require it*). The Tearoom and Gift Shop both have easy access. Many of the paths and parts of the gardens have hard surfaces that are suitable for wheelchairs, however as you’d expect in an estate the size of Drumlanrig, the woodland paths are gravel, and grass and can become difficult to navigate. Please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to point you in the right direction, call the Castle Office on 01848 331 555, or contact us before you visit.
Bring a Group
We welcome groups all year round to the Castle, Gardens and wider Estate. Whether you are a school, college or private group we would love to hear from you.