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Blackness Castle

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Address: Blackness, Linlithgow, Lothian, EH49 7NH
Operated by: Historic Environment Scotland
Opening Hours: April to September, Daily: 9.30am to 5.30pm
October to March, Daily: 10am to 4pm
Closed 25 & 26 December and 1 & 2 January  - Last admission 30 mins before closing time. 
Admission: Adult £ 6.00, Senior £ 4.80, Child £ 3.60
Parking: Yes
Languages: Displays in English
Accessibility: Not good: uneven floors everywhere in the castle
Toilets: Yes
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: No

Built in the 15th century by one of Scotland's most powerful families, the Crichtons, Blackness Castle was never destined to be a peaceful residence. Its main roles were those of a garrisoned fortress and a state prison for holding foreign prisoners of war. 

It’s a very striking building well worth a visit, with its many chambers in 2 towers. You can go to the top of the towers to get panoramic views over the Firth of Forth and the Forth Rail Bridge. The jetty also has a telescope for taking a closer look at Fife on the other side of the Forth. 

Interestingly, many of the scenes from Mel Gibson’s version of “Hamlet” were filmed here.

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