Edinburgh Castle set to reopen to the public in April

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Edinburgh Castle along with other top Scottish attractions will reopen their doors to the public next month, after being closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have announced plans for their sites to reopen from the the end of April. A phased reopening will see 70% of its free to access and ticketed properties reopening on Friday the 30th April.

This will include over 200 unstaffed sites reopening for access along with 27 ticketed venues.

As lockdown in Scotland is eased, more Scottish attraction will reopen. However, safety measures such as using contactless payments where possible, following one-way systems and complying with restrictions on visitor numbers will be in place to ensure everyone is kept safe.

The National Museum of Scotland and other museums will also open their doors from the 26th of April, with strict new rules in place. Pre-booked timed slots, face coverings and one-way routes will be among the safety measures in place. Museum shops and cafes will take card and contactless payments only.

HES chief executive Alex Paterson said: “Scotland’s heritage attractions are a key part of our tourism sector both nationally and at a community level, and contribute to our individual wellbeing, so we’re delighted to once again be opening sites.

“This will see us reopen all of the sites we reopened last year on the 30th of April, as well as further sites across the country on a phased based over the upcoming months.

“As always, the safety of our staff and visitors has been at the forefront of our planning, enabling safe access to properties in line with Scottish government guidance.”

Tickets can be booked via the HES website.