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Access

Special arrangements are currently in place to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social 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 to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

What will be open during your visit 

  • Gardens
  • Gazebo, including exhibition
  • Gift Shop

What will be closed/unavailable during your visit

The castle remains closed for now.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We offer free entry for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. To book a free carer ticket, please email ticketing@hes.scot and quote your order number.

Parking

There is a nearby public car park, surfaced with smooth tarmac. It is a small car park and there isn't much space for manoeuvring. We are not responsible for loss or damage to vehicles. 

Visitors can be dropped off 10m from the site by arrangement – please call 01620 850 330.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Dirleton 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.

Approach to site

The car park is about 100m from the site entrance along a road with a gentle downhill slope and through a gate.

Visiting the site

Visitors will follow a one-way route through the gardens and then can move through some parts of the building freely, and some on signposted one-way systems. Physical distancing measures will be in place. Access to some spaces may be limited.

  • The ticket office is entered through a door with a ramp either side. Space is restricted, but the floor is level
  • The garden’s herbaceous section is particularly fragrant in summer. It is all on the level with bound gravel surfaced paths and a flat grass lawn. There are benches throughout
  • The gazebo is 13m from the visitor centre and up 12 steps (with handrail)
  • The interiors of the doocot will not be open at this time

Toilets

There are public toilets next to the car park.

Nearest adapted toilets are on Quality Street, North Berwick.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

The gardens have now re-opened and we are delighted to welcome you back. The castle remains closed.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Sat to Mon, 10am to 4pm

Advance booking is required.

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