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Re-Enactment Weekend Schedule Confirmed

Re-Enactment Weekend Schedule Confirmed

A weekend of military displays is set to transport Thirlestane Castle back to the Civil War era including a march of the soldiers through Lauder.

Summer of Events Continues at Thirlestane

Summer of Events Continues at Thirlestane

Open-Air Theatre with one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies and a Civil War Re-Enactment Weekend coming up at Thirlestane Castle


BVAC Classic - Festival of Motoring

BVAC Classic - Festival of Motoring

It may have been a little wet at times but the weather certainly didn't dampen the spirits at the 46th annual BVAC Classic at the weekend. Here's a selection of some of our favourite photos from the event.

BVAC Classic - Festival of Motoring

It may have been a little wet at times but the weather certainly didn't dampen the spirits at the 46th annual BVAC Classic at the weekend. Here's a selection of some of our favourite photos from the event.


Summer of Events at Thirlestane

Summer of Events at Thirlestane

Thirlestane Castle has a series of special events running throughout the summer including the BVAC Classic - Festival of Motoring, open-air theatre and our re-enactment weekend

2018 Open Season

2018 Open Season

Thirlestane Castle is now open for the 2018 season. We have a series of special events planned and have been working throughout the winter to improve the visitor experience.


Open Morning for New Volunteers

Open Morning for New Volunteers

Thirlestane Castle is looking for new people to become 'Friends of Thirlestane' and help our visitors to have an enjoyable experience when they are here.

New Luxury Apartment Available at Thirlestane

New Luxury Apartment Available at Thirlestane

We are thrilled to announce that the new 2-bedroom Maitland Apartment is now available to book


Festival of Motoring - ‘Biggest and Best’ Yet

Festival of Motoring - ‘Biggest and Best’ Yet

The 46th annual BVAC Classic at Thirlestane Castle is set to grow this year with the announcement of a new partnership with Brewin Dolphin and sponsorship from Corney & Barrow

Funding Boost for Castle Collections

Funding Boost for Castle Collections

Thirlestane Castle has been granted funding from Museums Galleries Scotland so two important collections can be moved to more accessible locations within the castle.


New Apartment - Available Soon

New Apartment - Available Soon

We're busy putting the finishing touches to our new two-bedroom apartment in the castle. This new suite will be available for bookings early in the new year.

Massive Tractor Turnout

Massive Tractor Turnout

Huge turn out as more than 170 tractors gathered at Thirlestane Castle before a 'Grand Parade of Tractors' around Lauderdale in aid of research into Motor Neuron Disease.


Grand Parade of Tractors

Grand Parade of Tractors

Around 100 tractors are set to gather at Thirlestane Castle on 5th November before parading through Lauderdale in aid of Doddie Weir’s foundation to fund research into Motor Neuron Disease (MND)

Day in the Life - Housekeeper

Day in the Life - Housekeeper

We look at a day in the life for Thirlestane Castle's Housekeeper and find out what it's like to work here at the castle and prepare the Lauderdale Apartment for guests


Doors Closed on a Successful Season

Doors Closed on a Successful Season

Thirlestane Castle has shut its doors for the last time this year after a very successful season. Thank you to everyone that visited and to those that let us know how much they enjoyed their time here.

End of Season Looms

End of Season Looms

Autumn may be here with Thirlestane Castle nearing the end of its 2017 season, but there is still three weeks left to come and enjoy all there is to offer in both the castle and its surrounding grounds.


Lighting the Borders

Lighting the Borders

Thirlestane Castle will be turning blue to mark the start of Borders Heritage Month in September. Tickets also still available for our special Heritage Tour and Talk on one of Thirlestane Castle's most famous residents, the Duke of Lauderdale.

Old Kitchens Fully Refurbished

Old Kitchens Fully Refurbished

Our Old Kitchens are now available to hire for small wedding parties, private dining events and groups thanks to funding from LEADER. This rustic, contemporary space is a real contrast to our grand State Rooms in other parts of the castle.


Thirlestane Castle Partners With Firebrick Brasserie

Thirlestane Castle Partners With Firebrick Brasserie

Thirlestane Castle has teamed up with Firebrick Brasserie in Lauder to offer an exclusive private tour and dining package.

Toad to take a Trip to Thirlestane Castle

Toad to take a Trip to Thirlestane Castle

Family favourite The Wind in the Willows is being brought to life at Thirlestane Castle with an open-air theatre performance on the front lawn. Tickets available now!


Skirmishes, Muskets and Pikes at Thirlestane Castle

Skirmishes, Muskets and Pikes at Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle was transported back to the civil war era as musket fire echoed round the castle during The Sealed Knot's Re-enactment Weekend.

Thirlestane Castle Transported Back to Civil War Era

Thirlestane Castle Transported Back to Civil War Era

Come and experience what life was like for soldiers and ordinary people during the civil war as the Sealed Knot turn back time in the castle grounds.


Beautiful Summer’s Night for Pride and Prejudice

Beautiful Summer’s Night for Pride and Prejudice

The sun shone down on Thirlestane Castle as the audience enjoyed the first of our open-air theatre events from Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Last few days to book tickets to see our performance of Pride and Prejudice. Chapterhouse Theatre Company are putting on this fabulous adaptation on the front lawn right outside the castle.


Fantastic Motoring Extravaganza

Fantastic Motoring Extravaganza

A record 1,200 entries gathered at Thirlestane Castle over the weekend for the 45th Scottish Borders Historic Motoring Extravaganza. Send us your pictures!

Pre-prepared Picnics

Pre-prepared Picnics

Coming to one of our events and don't fancy making your own picnic? Why not pre-order from Thirlestane Castle and it will be ready to pick up on the day.


LEADER funding

LEADER funding

Thirlestane Castle is excited to announce we have been given the largest ever LEADER funding award in the Scottish Borders of £150,000.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea now available at Thirlestane Castle every Sunday with High Tea available for groups of 20+. Come and have a look at our menu.