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Access

The fort will be closed on Friday 25 September to allow for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Special arrangements are currently in place at Fort George, 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

The part tarmac, part gravel car park has four accessible bays.

Approach to site

The fort entrance is 200m from the car park along a tarmac path. Entry to the ticket shop is a further 15m over cobbles.

Dogs

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

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Fort George, 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

  • Fort site and ramparts
  • Visitor centre
  • Grand Magazine
  • Historic Barracks
  • Exhibition
  • Points Battery Magazine
  • Chapel
  • Highlanders’ Museum
  • Gift shop
  • Toilets
  • Café (view our menu)
  • Parking

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • Fort George Story (QR code available)
  • Camp Cinema (QR code available)
  • Mobility scooters and wheelchairs

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.

  • The shop has step free access
  • The mobility scooters and wheelchairs will not be available to borrow during this time, though visitors can of course bring their own mobility scooters. The principle drawbridge is not suitable for scooters, but an alternative access route can be facilitated by staff
  • The fort is very large (620m from end to end). It is mainly on the level with tarmac surfaced roads and pavements
  • Ramps with a gradient of 1:6 lead up onto the ramparts. They have a reinforced grass surface
  • Fort George is a working military base and loud noises, bangs and low flying helicopters are a regular occurrence
  • Access to the exhibitions in the casemates, historic barrack rooms and Grand Magazine will have capacity limits in place
  • The camp cinema and Fort George story will not be open at present. QR codes will provide links, enabling visitors to watch the films from these closed areas on their own devices
  • There are benches around the site

Toilets

Adapted toilets are found at the centre of the site and inside the café.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

The fort will be closed on Fri 25 Sept to allow for essential maintenance.

11-30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry time slot 2pm

Advance booking required.

Winter opening times to be confirmed.

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