Following the latest Scottish Government announcement for mainland Scotland, the castle is now closed.
Following the latest Scottish Government announcement for mainland Scotland, the castle is now closed. Any visitors with pre-booked tickets from Thursday 24 December up until and inclusive of Sunday 31 January will be automatically refunded. Find out more about our COVID response on our website: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/our-reopening-plans-and-covid-19-response/.
Historic Scotland have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you will not be able to visit without booking online in advance.
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.
2 November 2020 - 31 March 2021, Sat to Wed, 10am - 4pm, last entry timeslot is 2.15pm.
Winter opening times to be confirmed.
Family (1 adult, 2 children) £12.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children) £17.00
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £20.50
(Admission prices are subject to change)
*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.