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Prices Frozen Until Spring

26 December 2007

The winter weather is so cold it has even frozen the prices at Historic Scotland properties. January has traditionally been the time when annual review of entry fees to our 75 staffed castles, abbeys, palaces and ancient monuments takes effect.

In 2008, however, Historic Scotland is adopting an April to March financial year as used by most businesses. As a result it has decided to hold prices at 2007 levels for an additional three months.

Kenny Crawford, Historic ScotlandHead of Sales, said: “This is a great opportunity to visit world-famous attractions like Edinburgh and Stirling castles, or Maeshowe and Skara Brae, at 2007 prices.

“Income from ticket sales is hugely important to Historic Scotland and makes a vital contribution to paying for the care of our national heritage.

“At the same time we are delighted to be able to hold prices at last year’s levels for an extra three months.”

Historic Scotland is currently carrying out a review of its entire pricing structure. The agency benchmarks its prices against other attractions throughout the UK to ensure it gives value for money. Likewise it provides regular opportunities for people to visit sites for free or at reduced cost.

On St Andrew’s Day a total of 45 properties waived their entry prices. A special Kids Go Free promotion each October has allowed children into our attractions at no cost.

Historic Scotland has 345 historic sites, the vast majority of which are free to visit.

Notes for editors
·Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.

·Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Matthew Shelley
Historic Scotland
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8734