Dumfries is an interesting town with a rich heritage and lots of places to visit, including historical buildings, museums, theatre and lovely surrounding countryside. For entertainment you could visit the Theatre Royal where you can see performances including the resident Guild’s drama productions and visiting opera and ballet performances, and for a film you can go to the Odeon Cinema. For a meal out, you’ll find a good choice of restaurants, with a variety of cuisines for different tastes, and there are plenty of bars and pubs for an enjoyable evening out.
For shopping, there’s a good choice in the town, which includes the Loreburne Shopping Centre with a good selection of stores. For business, there are a number of conference venues such as Easterbrook Hall and the Cairndale Hotel and for international air travel the nearest airport is Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
Dumfries Car Hire
Wherever you are in Dumfries, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Dumfries car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
The following are some suggestions for places you could visit in and around Dumfries:
Not far from Dumfries you can visit this impressive Castle built in the 1600’s in Renaissance style. Here you can have a guided tour around the splendid rooms with their decorative features, grand staircases, colourful tapestries and fine art including paintings by Gainsborough and Rembrandt. In the Queensberry Estate you can see attractive gardens and countryside and take part in activities including mountain biking, fishing and there’s an children’s adventure playground along with wildlife walks with the ranger.
You can come and visit this partially ruined castle close to Dumfries, which was originally built in the 1200’s and is a Catagory A listed building. Visitors can learn about the rich history of the Castle and the conflicts and sieges that took place here. The fortress has a moat, gatehouse with impressive towers and battlements, and there is also a children’s play park with a castle theme.
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
You can visit this Museum and learn about the history of the region and see collections including fossils, wildlife exhibits, ancient tools and weaponry, early carvings made from stone, Celtic jewellery, models of boats, and various Victorian artefacts. You can also see the historic Camera Obscura from the mid 1800’s, and from which you’ll have a great views across the area.
Robert Burns House
This is where the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns, lived his last years in the late 1700’s, and you can see the orginal desk and chair he used when writing, along with manuscripts and personal belongings and you can see how the Burns family lived.
Dalscone Fun Farm
For a fun family day out you could visit this Farm which has a large indoor soft play area with slides, tunnels and climbing activities. Outside features include trampolines, crazy golf, pedal carts and sand pit, and you can see lots of animals such as ponies, donkeys, llamas and pigs.
Close to Dumfries you’ll find this fun place to visit with the family where there are dinosaur themed activities and features including fossil digging, dinosaur mine walk and a bouncy dinosaur. Kids can learn lots of facts about the creatures and there are many statues of dinosaurs throughout the park.
Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Centre
In the Dumfries area you can visit this Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the temple and gardens. The temple is an attractive, colourful building and there is a tea room and shop. You can book overnight stays and perhaps take one of the various courses in yoga and meditation.
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