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Child's play

19 September 2006

Historic Scotland's October Kids' Promotion means stepping into the past is as easy as 1, 2, free!

October is famous for many things; the end of British summertime, Trafalgar Day and of course, Hallowe'en, but Historic Scotland is fast adding another October celebration to the calendar – Kids Go Free!  For the month of October, children will be allowed free entry into all Historic Scotland paid attractions, and with over 70 of them all across Scotland, the only challenge will be fitting them all into 31 days!

From castles to abbeys to cathedrals to prehistoric settlements to palaces to the mightiest artillery fortification in Europe, there’s something to delight every age and taste.  Historic Scotland attractions feature visitor centres, exhibitions and audio guides to tell the story of the properties, as well as cafes and shops selling quality gifts, crafts and guidebooks.

Peter Bromley, Director of Properties in Care for Historic Scotland said:

'The October 'Kids Go Free' promotion was tremendously successful last year with children all over Scotland taking their families on journeys into the past.  It's so important to get children involved with their country’s history, so not only can they keep it exciting and alive but appreciate the importance of it, and understand why it must be protected for the future. On top of this, these attractions are simply just a great, fun day out for the whole family!

Each attraction has individual character, whether it is on a grand scale such as Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Fort George and Glasgow Cathedral to the smaller delights of Corgarff Castle, Smailholm Tower and New Abbey Corn Mill.  This is a great opportunity for  people to not only visit the sites in their local area, but travel further afield to explore a bit more of Scotland’s past.’

To coincide with the 'Kids go Free' promotion, Edinburgh Castle will also be hosting 'Ghostfest' throughout October.  This spooky, fun-packed programme will feature a selection of ghostly and Hallowe'en based themes, and encourages children to dress up. Historic Scotland will also be launching a poetry/short story competition to encourage local children to write about their favourite Historic Scotland site.

Notes for editors
  • 'Kids Go Free' throughout October at all Historic Scotland attractions. Children must be under 16yrs and accompanied by a full paying adult (maximum of 6 children per paying adult). For further information, please visit www.historic-scotland/kidsgofree or text ‘KIDSFREE’ to 84118, or call 0131 668 8926.
  • Historic Scotland properties included in October 'Kids go Free' promotion:
    • Dumfries and Galloway
    • Caerlaverock Castle
    • Cardoness Castle
    • Dundrennan Abbey
    • Glenluce Abbey
    • MacLellans Castle
    • New Abbey Corn Mill
    • Sweetheart Abbey
    • Threave Castle
    • (Please note that Whithorn Priory and Museum are not included in the Kids Go Free promotion.

    • Scottish Borders
    • Dryburgh Abbey
    • Hermitage Castle
    • Jedburgh Abbey
    • Melrose Abbey
    • Smailholm Tower

    • Edinburgh and Lothians
    • Blackness Castle
    • Cairnpapple Hill
    • Craigmillar Castle
    • Crichton Castle
    • Dirleton Castle and Gardens
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Linlithgow Palace
    • Seton Collegiate Church
    • Tantallon Castle
    • Torphichen Preceptory
    • Trinity House, Leith
    • (Please note that the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey are not included in the Kids Go Free promotion.)

    • Glasgow, Clyde and Ayrshire
    • Bothwell Castle
    • Craignethan Castle
    • Crossraguel Abbey
    • Dumbarton Castle
    • Dundonald Castle
    • Glasgow Cathedral
    • Newark Castle
    • Rothesay Castle

    • Central and West
    • Argyll’s Lodging
    • Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
    • Castle Campbell and Garden
    • Doune Castle
    • Dunblane Cathedral
    • Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
    • Inchmahome Priory
    • Iona Abbey
    • Stirling Castle

    • Fife
    • Aberdour Castle and Gardens
    • Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
    • Inchcolm Abbey – charge for ferry crossing
    • St Andrews Castle and Cathedral
    • Perthshire, Kinross and Angus
    • Arbroath Abbey
    • Edzell Castle and Garden
    • Elcho Castle
    • Huntingtower Castle
    • Lochleven Castle
    • Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum

    • North and Grampian
    • Balvenie Castle
    • Corgarff Castle
    • Dallas Dhu Distillery
    • Elgin Cathedra
    • Fort George
    • Huntly Castle
    • Kildrummy Castle
    • Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse
    • Spynie Palace
    • Tolquohon Castle
    • Urquhart Castle
    • The Western Isles
    • The Blackhouse, Arnol
    • Calanais Standing Stones and Visitor Centre
    • Kisimul Castle, Barra

    • Orkney
    • Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces
    • Broch of Gurness
    • Hackness Battery
    • Maeshowe
    • Skara Brae

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959