Your Visit to Thirlestane Castle

Dating back to the 16th century, Thirlestane Castle not only has a beautiful fairytale exterior, it also contains many fascinating details and stories inside.

In the grand state rooms, visitors can discover some of the finest decorative plasterwork ceilings in Europe, as well one of the most extensive family collections of portraits and busts in Scotland, fine furnishings, and Maitland family treasures.

Children will enjoy exploring the old family nurseries, historic toy collection, woodland walk and adventure playground.

There is also a Tea Room and Gift Shop that can be visited without entry to the Grounds or Castle.

Dogs are welcome in the grounds but please keep them on a lead. There are litter bins provided and we kindly ask that you clear up after your dog. There is a water bowl and outdoor seating by our Tea Room so you can all enjoy some refreshments. Only assistance dogs are permitted inside the castle building.


The castle and grounds are currently closed to protect the health of visitors, our staff and the local community during the current COVID-19 situation.

We hope to open at some point over the summer when it is safe to do so and are following governement advice in the meantime.


Entry to Castle and Grounds including superb picnic and children's play area:
Adults - £9.50
Children - £5.00
Concessions - £8.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £25.00

Grounds only:
Adults - £4.00
Children - £2.00


If you opt to gift aid your entrance fee you can pay once and enjoy admission for 12 months.
Terms and Conditions apply.


Guided Tour of the Castle and entry to the Castle Grounds:
During general open days - £8.00 per person
On days closed to the public - £14.50 per person
For more information about bespoke tours with our experienced guides as well as catering options for groups please click here


Our Access Statement is available on request or by clicking on the button below.


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