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Dumbarton Castle

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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.

Opening hours:

  • Summer: 1 April - 30 September: 7 days: 9.30am – 5.30pm

  • October 2017: 7 days: 10am - 4pm

  • Winter: 1 November – 31 March: Saturday–Wednesday 10am – 4pm.

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 & 26 December) and 1 & 2 January.

Prices: Adult £5 Child £3 Concession £4. (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 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/hsclosure. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

Contact & Booking

Dumbarton Castle
Castle Road
Dumbarton
G821JJ

T: 0131 668 8732
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