Attraction in Kelso
Floors Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, is
situated in the heart of the Scottish Border Country. It is reputedly the
largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Designed by William Adam, who
was both masterbuilder and architect, for the first Duke of
Roxburghe, building started in 1721.
It was the present Duke's greatgreat-grand-father James, the 6th Duke, who embellished the plain Adam features of the building. In about 1849 Playfair, letting his imagination and talent run riot, transformed the castle, creating a multitude of spires and domes. The apartments now display the outstanding collection of French 17th and 18th century furniture, magnificent tapestries, Chinese and European porcelain and many other fine works of art. Many of the treasures in the castle today were collected by Duchess May, American wife of the 8th Duke. The castle has been seen on cinema screens worldwide in the film Greystoke, as the home of Tarzan, the Earl of Greystoke.
The extensive parkland and gardens overlooking the River Tweed provide a variety of wooded walks. The garden centre and walled gardens contain splendid herbaceous borders and in the outer walled garden a parterre to commemorate the Millennium can be seen. An excellent children's playground and picnic area are very close to the castle.
Nearest UK Airport: Edinburgh
Months Open: Easter - end October
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Coach Parking: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Wedding Facilities: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes
Contact Name for Groups: Philip Massey
Admission Price: £5.00
Gift Shop: Yes
Catering: Self service, licensed restaurant and coffeeshop
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