Dirleton Castle

Dirleton, East Lothian, EH39 5ER

01620 850 330
 

Access

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle or doocot. Find out more about our conservation work

The gardens, exhibition and shop are open.

What will be closed/unavailable during your visit

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle and doocot.

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we strongly encourage visitors to continue to wear face coverings in interior spaces.

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 recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

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.

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.

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.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle or doocoot. 

The gardens, exhibition and shop are open.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Sat to Wed, 9.30am to 5pm
Last entry 4.15pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Sat to Mon, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.15pm

Closed for lunch 12 noon to 1pm.

We recommend booking online in advance to guarantee entry.

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