Free entry to Historic Scotland buildings

  • 26 March 2008

Pay nothing for a weekend in April

This April, for one weekend only, the doors (not to mention portcullises and drawbridges) of over 70 of Scotland's best-loved monuments, castles and cathedrals will open to the public for free.

Historic Scotland has announced the return of its hugely popular Free Weekend, which last year saw over 600,000 people take in some of the most significant sites in the country for absolutely nothing.

This year's the bargain weekend takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 April.

Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, Glasgow Cathedral and Linlithgow Palace are amongst the properties taking part, and this year there's also a rare chance to access the eerily-preserved Neolithic village of Skara Brae on Orkney.

A full list of properties is available at, and should you be struck with a sudden impulse to get yourself some history whilst on the move, the trust has set up a text locator service this year too. By texting OUR HISTORY to 84118 people can find their nearest Historic Scotland attraction included in the Free Weekend.

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