Tantallon Castle


North Berwick, East Lothian, EH39 5PN

    Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family.

    Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. Then descend into the depths of a particularly grim pit prison.

    The castle was home to the powerful Red Douglas dynasty, which often clashed with the Crown. It was besieged by both James IV and James V but was ultimately destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in a siege of 1651. Many artefacts are displayed to help tell its dramatic stories.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures 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.


    4 Castle
    Cyclists Welcome Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015: Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Summer:1 April - 30 Sept, Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
    Winter: 1 Oct - 31 March Daily 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

    Ticket Information
    Adult £5.50 per ticket
    Child £3.30 per ticket
    Concession £4.40 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


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