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More of our sites are now available to pre-book in advance of their opening later this month. We are working hard to open other sites in the coming weeks

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Welcome back!

We're delighted to be able to welcome you back from Monday 17 August, and you can pre-book your tickets now.

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you will not be able to visit without booking online in advance.

If you are a Member your ticket will be free, but you must book in advance.

We are releasing admission tickets in fortnightly rotations. We will be updating our social media channels and website when more dates are released, but to be among the first to hear sign up to our newsletter

Daytime admission tickets Historic Scotland Members English Heritage, Cadw & Manx Members

Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.

While some areas may be closed, we will have additional interpretation available on-site so you don't miss out. This may include QR codes so make sure your mobile can read these when visiting.

What to expect from your visit

Safety measures: 

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting

Face coverings:

  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are now mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions).
  • Masks will not be provided, so make sure you bring one with you
  • Face shields (e.g. visors) no longer count as face coverings on their own. They can only be worn in conjunction with other face covering
  • Face coverings are not required while visiting external areas of the sites
  • If you feel wearing a face covering at all times during your visit (including in external areas) will make you more comfortable, then please wear one, as we want you to enjoy your visit as much as possible

Areas/facilities that will be open during your visit:

  • All external spaces with visitor access
  • Mid Tower (restricted numbers at any one time)
  • Stern Tower (up to the Great Hall level)
  • One-way route round the Stern Tower, East Wall Walk, Stem Tower, West Wall Walk, Spur Defence Wall Walk and Exit

Some areas/facilities will remain closed for now, we have a phased approach to re-opening while we work to make them safe.

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Opening times

Tickets available to pre-book now, reopening on Mon 17 Aug.

17 Aug to 31 Mar
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

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