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Region – Edinburgh and the Lothians
Postcode: EH16 4SY
Facilities & access
Parking: There is a car park surfaced with smooth tarmac with one accessible parking bay.
Approach to site: The car park is next to the Visitor Centre. The Castle is reached form the visitor centre by a gently inclined 170m long tarmac path.
Reception/Visitor Centre: The reception area is entered up a small flight of three stone stairs or a gentle stone ramp.
Monument (section by section): The Castle is situated on relatively level ground. There is a steep grassed approach to the inner courtyard which can be slippery in wet weather. The Castle courtyard is accessed via a stone stepped threshold. The Castle has five levels. The basement has a prison, cellars and bakery. The ground level contains the Dovcot, Inner Courtyard, Kitchen, Drawing Room and bottom level of the towerhouse. The first floor has a kitchen, old dovecot and bedchambers. The second floor has the great hall, wall walk and a kitchen. The third floor has the great hall gallery, and bed chamber. The fourth floor offers good panoramic views of Edinburgh. The levels are all linked by historic stone staircases, many of them turnpike ones. The steps are uneven, with all but one staircase having rope handrails. In bad weather several of the rooms can be dark.
Facilities: Accessible toilet. Accessible car park.
|1 April - 30 September||Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun||9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)|
|1 October - 31 March||Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun||10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)|
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day (25 & 26 December) and 1st & 2nd January.
Very occasionally a property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check our closure page for any unexpected site closures. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.
All year Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission prices are subject to change. You will be charged the correct admission when buying your tickets on our official webstore
Tel 0131 661 4445