Due to restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access inside the castle. The grounds are accessible. Find out more about our conservation work
There is a rough gravel car park quite far from the castle.
Visitors can be dropped off at the castle entrance by driving along the track and opening the gate. Please call 01875 320 017 for more information.
Approach to site
The site is reached via a latched kissing gate (1m wide) and along a 400m long rough dirt track that can flood. This has some steep gradients of up to 1:8 for 20m.
Entry to the castle enclosure is through a wooden gate (1m wide) and over a short section of cobbles.
The ticket office is up a timber step with no handrail, and over a small threshold.
The ground floor is generally on the level, its surface mostly loose gravel.
On the ground level are:
- the courtyard
- the Chancellor’s room
- Crichton’s lodgings
- the Bothwell range
- the bakehouse
- the tower house floor
Access from the courtyard to the first floor is via either one of two sets of wide straight stairs (with handrail) or one curved, tapering stair (no handrail).
The first floor contains the:
- dining room
- old hall
The pit prison is down a stone staircase of 10 steps with handrail.
The stables are 36m from the castle over rough, grass covered terrain. Inside, the floor is level and covered with loose gravel.
The nearest public toilet is about 5 miles away, at Fordell Services on the A68.
Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.
Visitors' dogs are allowed at Crichton Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas.
Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.
For information on accessibility at more than 80 of our sites download our Access Guide.