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Many historic places are still open for visitors, outwith Level 4 COVID protection areas. Book in advance and check if Scottish Government travel restrictions apply before travelling.

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Plan your visit

The castle is in a Level 4 COVID protection area, and is currently closed to visitors. Find out more about our COVID response.

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.

Due to physical distancing and the overall safety of our visitors and staff, some areas of the castle will be closed and we have reduced the admission price to reflect this.

How to book tickets

If you are a Member your ticket will be free, but you must book in advance.

Before booking please visit the Scottish Government travel guidance for any current restrictions in place.

Daytime admission tickets Historic Scotland Members English Heritage, Cadw & Manx Members

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.

While some areas may be closed, we will have additional interpretation available on-site so you don't miss out. This may include QR codes so make sure your mobile can read these when visiting.

What will be open during your visit

  • Car Park – booking required
  • All external spaces with visitor access
  • Queen Anne Gardens
  • Great Hall
  • Chapel Royal
  • Royal Palace and Stirling Heads Gallery: Your visit will be led by a member of the castle team
  • The Tapestry Studio
  • The Castle Exhibition
  • Audio Guides (pre-booking only)
  • The Unicorn Café (toilets closed). View our menu
  • Palace shop
  • Courtyard Gift Shop

Please note that the capacity in all internal spaces will be limited and staff will be present to advise on maximum numbers.

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

What to expect from your visit

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

Face coverings:

  • 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)
  • Masks will not be provided, so make sure you bring one with you
  • Face shields (e.g. visors) no longer count as face coverings on their own. They can only be worn in conjunction with other face covering
  • Face coverings are not required while visiting external areas of the sites
  • If you feel wearing a face covering at all times during your visit (including in external areas) will make you more comfortable, then please wear one, as we want you to enjoy your visit as much as possible

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