Historical Tours at Dumbarton Castle

For all you history buffs out there! This is one of Scotland’s most iconic, oldest and most significant structures with regard to the history of this small nation. The castle was an impressive fortress built for defending the kingdom of Strathclyde, and this kingdom was controlled by the castle also. Throughout the middle ages, the castle was an increasingly important royal asset. Interestingly, it was still used on and off as a military structure, even being used in the second world war!

How can I get to Dumbarton castle?

The Castle is situated in the town of Dumbarton on a hill overlooking the river Clyde. The town is easily accessible from Glasgow with regular trains and buses.

This area is steeped in history, with estimations from archaeologists stating that the castle rock was formed some 340 million years ago! Admission to the castle starts at £6 for adults and £3.60 for children. Although, since the castle is maintained by Historic Environment Scotland, visitors with their active membership can attend for free.

Opening times can vary throughout the year. From the 1st of April to the 30th of September the castle is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. However, from the 1st of October to the 31st of March the castle is closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

Why not come down and see one of the most significant structures in Scotland?

  • Parking available.
  • Picnic area.
  • Gift Shop.

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