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Access

Special arrangements are currently in place at Elgin Cathedral, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic. These arrangements are detailed below, and will be regularly updated. Last updated: 28 July 2020.

Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.

Safety measures

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

Watch our video on what to expect when you visit our sites

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 no specific visitor parking. The nearest on street parking is several metres away. Visitors can be dropped off at the entrance.

Approach to the site

The site is entered from the street over tarmac and paved pavements. The ticket office and shop is accessible over a small threshold.

Dogs

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

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Elgin Cathedral, 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.

What will be open during your visit

  • All external spaces 
  • The towers – open to the first-floor level
  • Accessible toilet
  • Shop
  • QR codes available with interpretation for areas that are not accessible

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • The towers – no access beyond the first-floor level
  • Touchscreen interactive 
  • Two toilets closed (accessible toilet will be open)

Visiting the site

Visitors will be able to move through the buildings without following a specific route, though social distancing measures will be in place. Access to some spaces may be limited.

  • Access into the cathedral is down six stone steps with a central handrail and up a further flight of four stone steps. An alternative level access route is available. Please speak to staff if you require any assistance
  • There are numerous small level changes and archaeological remains throughout the site. The surface is mainly cut grass
  • There are stone steps without a handrail down into the chapter house
  • The exhibition in the cathedral towers will only be open to first floor level. The ground floor has level access. The touchscreen interactive will not be available at this time. The first floor is accessed up historic stone spiral staircases with handrails

Toilets

There is an adapted toilet available in shop. It will be serving all visitors during this time.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

21 Aug to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry time slot 2.30pm

Advance booking required.

Winter opening times to be confirmed.

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