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2019 Visitor Season

2019 Visitor Season

We are now just days away from opening the castle again to our day visitors. The first day of our 2019 season will be 28th April 2019. We will then be open between 10am and 4pm all Sundays to Thursday until 26th September.

Visitors can tour the State Rooms of the castle and marvel at the intricate 17th-century plasterwork ceilings and admire one of the largest collections of family portraits. New for this year, our historic toy collection is relaunching in a new location, the castle's old school room. We have a few finishing touches to make to this display but it will be open to visitors in the coming weeks. Our Tea Room and Gift Shop will also be open when the castle is so you can enjoy refreshments while you are here or buy a souvenir of your time at Thirlestane.

We are also excited to launch our 2019 Events Calendar. More details of all the events can be found on our events pages but we have an exciting programme throughout the summer:

31st May - Open-Air Cinema
Watch the classic comedy caper 'The Italian Job' as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. A car-themed film screened in the beautiful surroundings of the castle gardens as part of the ‘BVAC Classic – Festival of Motoring’ weekend.

2nd June - BVAC Classic – Festival of Motoring
A car-lover’s extravaganza, over 1000 vintage vehicles will be on display in the castle’s Parkland with additional entertainment and a food village.

21st July - Open-Air Theatre – ‘The Tempest’
Relax on the castle’s Front Lawn with the historic building as your back-drop for an evening of Shakespearean comedy.

July/August - Wild Outdoors Activity Camps
Give your children a taste of the great outdoors with these overnight and day camps where they can cook over an open fire and enjoy a range of activities.

10th & 11th August - Civil War Re-Enactment Weekend
Experience the Civil War era as musket battles and skirmishes are recreated along with an authentic army encampment in the castle Parkland.

13th September - Open-Air Cinema
Have a movie-night with a difference in the castle garden as we screen a classic film. Film TBC.

30th October - Drive-In Cinema
Prepare to be spooked at this unique Halloween themed experience. Drive up in front of the big screen and enjoy a fan’s favourite film from the comfort of your car.

Tickets for some of these events are available now while others will be launched in due course.

We look forward to welcoming you to the castle during our 2019 Visitor Season!