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Bothwell Castle

Bothwell is Scotland’s largest and finest 13th century castle. Part of the original circular keep survives.

Bothwell Castle

Please note: There is currently maintenance work being carried out on the donjon  at the site. As a result this area is closed to visitors, however all other areas of the site remain open. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Conceived on a grand scale in the late 1200s, Bothwell Castle was never completed to its original plan, largely thanks to a very active role in the Wars of Independence (1296–1356).

It fell into English hands time and again, but was finally recaptured – and partly dismantled – by its rightful owner Sir Andrew Moray. The next owners were the powerful earls of Douglas, who added many of the features visible today. It now stands as one of Scotland’s most impressive medieval strongholds.


  • The location – dramatically set beside a winding curve in the River Clyde.
  • The 13th-century donjon – a circular keep tower without parallel in Scotland.
  • The 13th-century prison tower – a good example of the grimness of medieval prison life.
  • The 14th-century great hall and chapel – impressive survivals from the period of the Black Douglases.
Green Tourism Award - Silver


Region – Glasgow, Clyde and Ayrshire
Postcode: G71 8BL

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun, 10am .30am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60

Events at Bothwell Castle

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26 November 2015

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

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The Other Mary Exhibition

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Autumn Talks

Duff House

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