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Access

Special arrangements are currently in place at Tantallon Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social 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 mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

What will be open during your visit

  • Most of the site remains open, with restricted numbers in smaller spaces
  • One-way system in operation, allowing access to wall-walk
  • Shop (no access to the shop on exiting the site)
  • Toilet facilities

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • Telescope 
  • Smaller rooms where physical distancing cannot be achieved 

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

A small car park next to the visitor centre has two accessible spaces. It is level tarmac.

There is a larger car park about 400m from the visitor centre.

Approach to site

The castle is 250m from the visitor centre, along a gently sloping grass pathway (steepest gradient 1:10) and over a timber bridge.

Dogs

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

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Tantallon Castle, 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.

Visiting the site

Visitors will be able to move through the buildings without following a specific route, though a one-way route will be in place for visiting the battlements. Please follow signage where indicated. Access to some spaces may be limited.

  • One family at a time will be able to enter the ticket office
  • Next to the ticket office, there is an adapted toilet, as well as are two picnic tables and two benches
  • The dovecot is 40m off the main pathway to the castle and can be reached over cut grass
  • Having crossed the grassy approach, visitors enter the castle over a 6m section of cobbles into the grass courtyard. From here the whole castle can be seen and there is a good view of Bass Rock
  • On the ground level there is stepped access into storage cellars and a kitchen. The pit prison will not be open at this time
  • There will be a one-way system in place for the staircases leading up to and down from the battlements. Please follow the signage directions. The battlements are reached by a series of uneven stone staircases, both straight and spiral. Light levels can be low especially on the spiral stairs
  • The grass can become muddy in places when wet
  • There are four benches in the inner courtyard at the castle
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