The Rock of Ages FAQs

Join us at Dumbarton Castle to find out more about Medieval History and the Vikings during this event.

Your ticket will be for the event only, there will be no access to Dumbarton Castle.


General information

The event takes place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June. There is currently no visitor access to Dumbarton Castle due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections.

Find out more about our conservation works

There are timed performances taking place throughout the day in the arena, with living history camps and craft activities available to drop in to throughout the day.

We recommend booking online in advance to avoid missing out.

This event is subject to change in relation changes to Scottish Government COVID-19 guidelines.

If the event needs to be cancelled, due to bad weather or changes to COVID-19 guidelines, ticket holders will be contacted via email and automatically refunded. Funds will show within 30 days and you do not need to contact us. Please check our closures page or our Twitter account using #HSclosure before travelling for the event.

Please don’t visit if you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact with your booking details.

Please note, all tickets purchased are non-refundable as per our ticketing terms and conditions.

All tickets purchased are non-refundable as per our ticketing terms and conditions.

This event takes place fully outside. Face coverings are not required while visiting external areas, but if you feel wearing a face covering will make you more comfortable during the event, then please wear one, as we want you to enjoy the event as much as possible.

Yes the event takes place fully outside. Please check the weather forecast in advance and dress appropriately on the day.

Dogs are welcome at this event, but please keep them on a lead at all times.

Prime Street Food will have catering options on site, and there will also be an ice cream van.

Prime Street Food will be offering a range of hot drinks and the following:

  • Cajun chicken
  • Handmade steak burger
  • Pulled jerk jackfruit
  • Paprika fries

Gluten free food options are available.

Visitors are also welcome to bring picnics along to the event.

Getting to the event

There is free event parking located at Dumbarton Football Club, Castle Road. Please follow event signage on arrival, visitors will be directed by marshals on arrival. Once you have parked up, the event will be a short distance on foot - 0.2 miles.

The event will take place within Pier Park, access to which is step free. The park is made up predominantly of flat even grass and has a hard tarmac path from the entrance around the arena and encampments. Accessible parking is available at Dumbarton Football Club. Any specific questions can be directed to our Events team at 0131 668 8885 or email

Carers go free, tickets must be booked online in advance. Tickets are limited to 2 carers per transaction.

Admission and cancellations

Your tickets will be attached in your email confirmation in a PDF document. Please print your tickets and bring them with you or show on your mobile phone to gain entry. Your email confirmation email should arrive shortly after booking. If you have not received this, please check your junk folder in the first instance and if it's not there please contact with details of your booking (name on booking, email address used and site visiting).

Explorer Pass holders do not get free entry for this event.

We recognise that some visitors require extra assistance and therefore we offer free entry to carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. No ID will be required. Advanced booking is required. Up to 2 carer tickets can be added per booking online.


If you are a member, your ticket is free for the event but we recommend booking online in advance. Please bring along your membership card as you will need to show this and have it scanned on arrival in order to gain entry.

If you have lost your membership cards, please contact the membership team in advance of the event, and they will send you replacement cards and a confirmation email.

Don’t worry if there is not enough time to order your replacement card, there will be a member of staff at the event who can check the validity of your membership, and arrange your access on the day. If you have your membership number this will assist them.

If you are a carer, you receive free entry to this event. Please book this online in advance. Tickets are limited to 2 carers per transaction.

If you are an English Heritage, Cadw or Manx Heritage 1st year member, you receive half price entry to The Rock of Ages, English Heritage members of more than one year and life members receive free entry. We recommend booking in advance and membership cards are required to be shown on arrival with your ticket to gain entry.