A reopening date has been announced for Scotland's castles, cathedrals, and museums.

Hertigate venues across the country have been closed for the past three months due to coronavirus, but the easing of lockdown restrictions means they can soon reopen their doors. 

Staff at Historic Environment Scotland are working to open back up some of Glasgow's most favourite venues as they adopt a phased reopening approach. 

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It means that more than 70 per cent of its free-to-access properties will reopen on Friday,  April 30 following the Scottish Government’s proposed dates for the reopening of the tourism sector.

As part of the reopening, visitors will be required to pre-book tickets online and to use contactless payment where possible. One-way systems will also be implemented in some locations and some areas of sites.

Visitor numbers will also be limited for safety reasons.   

The full list of ticketed sites in and around Glasgow reopening on April 30 are:  

  • Doune Castle  
  • Dumbarton Castle
  • Dunblane Cathedral 
  • Dundonald Castle 
  • Glasgow Cathedral 
  • Stirling Castle 

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

“This will see us reopen all of the sites we reopened last year on the 30 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 our properties in line with Scottish Government guidance and our minimum operating standards which underpin our approach.   

“We’re also pleased to tell the story of the sites through technology so visitors have the opportunity to experience the old and the new when they are exploring some of our most iconic sites and enjoying a piece of 5000 years of history.”