What to do and see in Dumfries, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

March 19, 2018 Layne Dawes

Dumfries (/dʌmˈfriːs/ ( listen) dum-FREESS; possibly from Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Phris) is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland, United Kingdom. It is located near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth. Dumfries is the traditional county town of the historic county of Dumfriesshire. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. People from Dumfries are known colloquially as Doonhamers.
Restaurants in Dumfries

1. Dalscone Farm Fun

Dalscone Farm Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1SE, Scotland +44 1387 254445
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4.5 based on 211 reviews

Dalscone Farm Fun

A Great Day Family Fun Day Out - Rain or Shine.Dalscone is a family adventure farm located in Dumfries, Scotland. Have fun in our huge indoor soft play area that is filled with ball cannons, slides and other exciting features. Explore our outdoor attractions for children and adults alike including trampolines, pedal karts, bumper boats and crazy golf! Take a ride around our Farmari where you can encounter llamas, donkeys, goats, pigs and more! We also have a huge toy shop with all the best toys at really good prices.

Reviewed By Barbara U - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Brilliant place to visit different areas to enjoy from indoor play areas to outdoor play areas mini golf animals to feed go carts had a fabulous time even grown up grandchildren enjoyed themselves

2. Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle Thornhill, Dumfries DG3 4AQ, Scotland +44 1848 331555
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4.5 based on 501 reviews

Drumlanrig Castle

Set on the spectacular 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle presents one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and an internationally renowned art collection. Beyond the castle are over 40 acres of enchanting Gardens and a wide range of activities including walking, mountain biking, adventure playground, wildlife watching, Scottish Cycle Museum, Landrover tours, Ranger-led walks, events programme as well as shopping and catering.

Reviewed By i2c_JP - Dumfries, United Kingdom

If Castles and Stately Homes are your thing, a tour of Drumlanrig Castle will delight you.
Gardeners will love the grounds around the castle.
For children, there are woods and an amazing adventure playground.
The woodland offers walking and mountain biking.
There really is something for everyone!
We live locally, so we visit regularly. The estate is permanently open but for the castle, Gardens and playground do check the website for opening details.

3. Dumfries Museum

Church St., Dumfries, Scotland +44 1387 253374
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4.5 based on 193 reviews

Dumfries Museum

Reviewed By magthebaker - Fife, United Kingdom

Spent an afternoon here while holidaying in Dumfries.We were greeted by very friendly staff.and spent a very enjoyable afternoon looking round all the very interesting displays.You can also view Dumfries using the camera obscuring for a small charge.overall a great way to spend an afternnoon.My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's all free,brilliant.

4. Mabie Farm Park

Burnside Farm | Mabie, Dumfries DG2 8EZ, Scotland +44 7788 508962
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4.5 based on 440 reviews

Mabie Farm Park

Family fun farm park with lots to do for old and young. The whole family can spend hours from feeding the animals, bouncing on the jumping pillows, slides,play barn,straw barn, boating pond,donkey rides,our choochoo express,quad biking and lots of fresh air out in our park area. We have a tearoom for lunch and gift/toy shop to keep the kids happy.

Reviewed By Afoodie186518 - Dundee, United Kingdom

Decided to visit, Googled to see opening times which said open from 10am. Doubled checked website which said open every day from March. It was 6th November. Drive there with my two 18 month olds and it was closed. Phoned the number someone answered and when I asked if they were open said “we’re closed for the winter goodbye” and just hung up. I travelled a long way to go and to have such a rude attitude when their information is incorrect, was most galling.

5. Caerlaverock CastleVisitScotland Tourism Organisation10 bucket list attractions in Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries DG1 4RU, Scotland +44 1387 770244
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4.5 based on 739 reviews

Caerlaverock CastleVisitScotland Tourism Organisation10 bucket list attractions in Dumfries & Galloway

With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest Castles in Scotland. Although ruined, Caerlaverock is still a substantial structure and you can explore many different features within its unique triangular ground plan. The castle's turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into the brutal cross-border conflicts and you can enjoy a fascinating siege warfare exhibition complete with reconstructions of medieval siege engines. After exploring the castle enjoy delicious home baking and freshly ground coffee in the castle's tearoom which is open during the summer and at weekends in the winter. Little adventurers will love the castle-themed adventure park and if one castle is not enough for you, you will find the foundations of another, earlier, castle visible at the end of a nature trail through the woods to the south.

Reviewed By Tuftynut - London, United Kingdom

Interesting castle and very helpful staff, lovely walks and a great little tea room. A shame the trebuchet is no longer on-site but still worth visiting.

6. Robert Burns House

Burns Street, Dumfries DG1 2PS, Scotland +44 1387 255297
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Robert Burns House

The home in which national poet Robert Burns spent his last years.

Reviewed By WBGoodman - Barry, United Kingdom

The house is free to enter and provides a really interesting insight into the life of Robert Burns. The staff were very helpfully and knowledgeable. We were given a personal tour of the graveyard over the road from the house, including being taken into Burns' mausoleum. The gentlemen who took us to the graveyard was very friendly and enthusiastic and happily answered our questions.

7. Dino Park

Carrutherstown | Hetland Garden Centre, Dumfries DG1 4JX, Scotland +44 1387 840632
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4.5 based on 363 reviews

Dino Park

Southern Scotland's best dinosaur experience is open. Step back 150 million years and discover the giants who roamed the earth. Take a trip through the Dino Mine, hear stories and facts in the Dino Den, dig for fossils, have fun on our bouncy dinosaur and much more! A great day out for all the family! We are open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm from 28th March to 1st November 2015.

Reviewed By Christina B

Visited this dinosaur park with a dinosaur mad three year old, it was fantastic excellent value for money the soft play area was also very good we had a nice lunch in the restaurant. The dinosaur park was beautifully laid out with the bonus of a bouncy castle, the staff were very knowledgeable and attentive.
The toy shop was very good value for money and we also enjoyed the garden centre, we will definitely visit again.

8. Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

Heathhall Industrial Estate | Heathhall Industrial Estate, Dumfries DG1 3PH, Scotland +44 1387 251623
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

Reviewed By Bobby31225 - Fort Mohave, Arizona

My friends took me here while I was in Scotland as I love aviation! What a lovely place to visit!! I really had a great time especially seeing the Loch doon spitfire. My father during the war re-designed the pilots seat and changed the propeller nose cone over from aluminium to magnesium to make it lighter and faster. It was a highlight to see it after they got it out of the loch after 5 years of trying to get it out. What a wonderful job they have done on it. Would highly recommend to see this museum if you ever get the chance? Well worth it if you love aviation and old planes!!

9. Hetland Garden Centre

Carrutherstown | Dumfries, Dumfries DG1 4JX, Scotland +44 1387 840632
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Hetland Garden Centre

Reviewed By lam105 - Dumfries, United Kingdom

Fantastic facilities especially with the addition of the new soft play at dinoland. Clean, comfortable, eco friendly and paradise for any dinosaur loving child! Having been to the cafe in the garden centre many times and now also the soft play cafe,the food never disappoints and was actually far better than our expectations! Worth giving the specials a try. Great to offer locals the book of tickets option for soft play too. My kids were entertained for hours and exhausted after their visit.

10. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Eastpark Farm, Dumfries DG1 4RS, Scotland +44 1387 770200
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Reviewed By jimmyjames81 - Bangor

We called in here on an unplanned visit so were ill equipped to deal with the wet and muddy conditions after torrential rain the day before. Nevertheless we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The reserve in general looks a bit shoddy and unkempt but I approve of this condition rather than some other sites I have visited which have spent millions for the benefit of human visitors rather than wildlife.

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