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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


Prices and opening times


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. This include Historic Scotland Members, and Members of English Heritage, Cadw and Manx.

We will be updating our social media channels as more dates are available to pre-book, but to be among the first to hear sign up to our newsletter.

Due to physical distancing and the overall safety of our visitors and staff, some areas of the castle will remain closed.

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Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Donations are welcome.

What will be open during your visit

  • One way system round the main ground floor areas
  • All external areas will be open via paths
  • Chapter house (capacity restricted)

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


2 September to 31 October: 
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Last entry time slot 2.30pm

Advance booking required. 

Closed for lunch daily from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

It may also close for private services, if travelling specifically to see the site, please call the cathedral on 01786 823 388 in advance to check to avoid disappointment. 

Winter opening times to be confirmed.


25 and 26 December
1 and 2 January

Unexpected closures

Adverse weather or other reasons beyond our control may cause a site to close at short notice.

Before you travel, you can view current unexpected closures.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

2 Sept to 31 Oct:
Mon-Sat, 10am to 4pm
Last entry time slot 2.30pm

Advance booking required.

Closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Winter opening times to be confirmed.


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