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Review of Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle
Ranked #34 of 444 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Built in the 15th century and massively strengthened in the 16th century as an artillery fortress, Blackness Castle has been a royal castle, prison, armaments depot and film location for Hamlet and the BBC production of Ivanhoe. Blackness Castle is often referred to as ‘the ship that never sailed’ due to its great stone ship appearance. From the castle you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth and Fife. Open all year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ship that never sailed. Well, okay, it's just that it looks like a ship, but its position in guarding the approach along the Forth, and the shape of the castle looking like a ship you can see why.
There's a fantastic history to this place, and one that is well worth seeking out. It's a bit off the beaten track but a track worth following.

Thank KevinSadler2364
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like castles but not the crowds of tourists, this is for you. Bring your jacket because the wind was cold and we had great Scottish weather. There would have been worse places to be in prison.

Thank KevinWall
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on cold spring day about an hour before it closed so parking and crowds were not an issue.

It is a few pounds to go in and it's definitely worth it if you are a castle newbie like me. It was quiet and you just walk around by yourself and explore the grounds and buildings.

I'm a yankee so I haven't seen many things this old and it's amazing to me.

I have a local friend who drive me here. I'd imagine a taxi from Edinburgh would be expensive as it's out a way from the city.

Thank ilct1972
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were on a tour bus and had to pay extra to go inside and like so many Castles in Scotland it is empty. There are a lot of spiral stair cases in Scotland Castles and I believe this one had them also. Not so great for senior citizens but at lease we get Concession rates which I learned too late last year meant anyone over age 55. No Senior Citizen rates but always look for Concession rates. The castle is huge and has a long history. The rooms are vast and at least the ceilings still exist. WE had a bag piper come out to play the Outlander song The Skye Isle song.

Thank jasatt
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This castle has been used in multiple movies or TV shows and is in good condition. Walking is a little rough as there is a lot of uneven surfaces. Park in the city and walk to the castle as inside has very limited parking and fills up fast.

We used an Explorers Pass to visit this castle. Check in at the gift shop.

Thank Eric9396
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