Visit a stronghold that stood at the heart of an ancient kingdom covering the area now known as Strathclyde.
Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds - Dumbarton Castle.
The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breath-taking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll.
Dumbarton was a centre of power in what later became the Kingdom of Strathclyde. It was later sacked by Vikings. The castle became a cornerstone of medieval royal power and latterly served as a military base and prison.
You can explore its many fortifications with our interactive family trail.
Summer: 1 April - 30 September 2019, Daily, 9.30am – 5.30pm, last entry 4.45pmWinter: 1 October 2019- 31 March 2020, Saturday–Wednesday 10am – 4pm, last entry 3.15pm
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 & 26 December) and 1 & 2 January.
Prices: Adult £6 Child £3.60 Concession £4.80 (Admission prices are subject to change).
Facilities: Toilets, self service tea and coffee, shop and children's quiz available.
Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing.
*There are 547 steps throughout the castle making the property unsuitable for visitors using wheelchairs or with limited mobility.
Very occasionally a property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons outwith our control. Please check our closure page for any unexpected site closures historicenvironment.scot/closures You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.