Dumbarton Castle

Castle Road, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, G82 1JJ

01389 732 167


Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry, 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.


The small car park is level tarmac with no accessible spaces marked.

Approach to site

The site is along a short, slightly sloping path. There are 40 steps to the King George Battery (the first 14 with no handrail).


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within 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.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Dumbarton Castle. 

Visiting the site

  • The shop and artefact display are in the Governor’s House. The doorway has a threshold
  • The castle site is very large, steep and rocky. All areas are reached by several narrow stairways, many historic
  • The Governor’s House (shop and exhibition) is up the first set of stairs at the entrance to the site at King George’s Battery
  • The Spur, Spanish and Bower Batteries are on a long, narrow path of largely stone slabs with loose gravel at the end. There are around 80 steps on this path that runs along the south west wall. It finishes in a dead end. 
  • The Guard House and Portcullis Arch are reached up a very long, steep, narrow and historic set of stairs between the two rock peaks of the site
  • Further on, the remains of the White Tower are on the top of the highest point of the site, reached by another very long, narrow set of stairs. This route is exposed and can be extremely windy
  • The French Prison, Wallace Tower, One Gun and Duke of York’s Batteries are reached along a loose gravel path with a slight incline from the top of the stairs just after the Portcullis Arch
  • The Duke of Argyll’s and Prince Regent’s Batteries are up another set of steep steps from just after the Portcullis Arch. The Magazine, at the top of the second peak, is reached by a steeply inclined loose gravel path
  • There are two benches on the terrace at the back of the Governor's House. There are three picnic benches: one on the terrace behind the Governor's House; one on the cleft between the peaks by the French prison and one next to the Duke of Argyll's gun battery
  • The site is largely external. The site may close depending on weather conditions


Toilets are available in the visitor centre, though the nearest adapted toilet is about 1/3 mile away at Asda, St James Retail Park, Dumbarton, G82 1RB.

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Opening times

On Mon 18 and Tue 19 September there will be no access to the main rock peaks – the White Tower Crag and the Beak – while we carry out routine maintenance.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.30pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar: 
Daily except Thur and Fri, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3pm

Closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm.


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