28 April 2021
Plan your next adventures with History Scotland's regularly-updated guide to Scottish visitor attractions reopening from April 2021 onwards.
Please check with individual venues before travelling, as reopening arrangements and travel restrictions may change at short notice during the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
Blairs Museum, Blairs
This museum of Scottish Catholic heritage opens on 30 April for the 2021 season, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are available online up to one month in advance.
South Deeside Road, Blairs, Aberdeen AB12 5TQ; website.
Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 2NG; tel: 0131 225 9846
Glasgow City Archives
Now open for pre-booked visits, see details here.
Commonwealth House, 38 Albion Street, Glasgow G1 1LH; tel: 0141 287 4350
Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie
Open weekends from 1 May, with further opening to be announced for June. The current arrangement is limited to one family group at a time - book online or at the board outside the museum.
High Street, Rosemarkie, Fortrose IV10 8UF; tel: 01381 620961
Historic Environment Scotland sites, nationwide
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow
The museum is due to reopen at weekends from 1 May. Admission is free and by pre-booked timed ticket only.
University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ; tel: 0141 330 4221
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3EB; tel: 01349 781730
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
Phased opening began on 26 April. The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art exhibition Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema has been extended until 20 February 2022. Attractions open as of 5 May are Scottish Gallery of Modern Art and the Portrait Gallery, with phased reopening for the other attractions rolling out during May.
See the National Galleries of Scotland website for update.
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
The library's reading rooms in Edinburgh are now open to library card holders on a pre-booked basis. You must preorder items you wish to consult during your visit.
The National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall is also open with revised opening hours. Visitors do not need to book or be a member of the Library. Check the reopening page for full details.
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW; tel: 0131 623 3700
National Museum of Flight, North Berwick
See the Brick Wonders Lego exhibition at the newly-reopened museum. Entry is by timed online ticket, available to pre-book here.
East Fortune Airfield, B1347, North Berwick EH39 5LF; tel: 0300 123 6789
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Now open daily 10am-4.30pm) with free entry and advanced ticket booking required.
Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF; tel: 0300 123 6789
National Records Scotland, Edinburgh
The Historical Search Room will reopen on 26 April. Initial access will be given to priority users only, specifically those who require access to our records to complete funded academic research or those who require urgent access to complete PhD, post-graduate or early career research. See the latest service updates here.
2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY
National Trust for Scotland sites, nationwide
The NTS states that 'most' of its sites are reopening over the coming weeks and visitors can check their latest updates here.
Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh
The palace is operating with reduced visitor capacity. Please book in advance to guarantee entry.
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX; tel: 0303 123 7306
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin
The chapel reopens on 26 April to pre-booked visitors. Time-slot tickets are available here.
Chapel Loan, Roslin EH25 9PU; tel: 0131 440 2159
Scottish Maritime Museum
Open daily 10am to 5pm from 29 April. Currently open to groups of no more than six. Pre booking required here.
Linthouse Building, Harbour Road, Irvine KA12 8BT
Tarbat Discovery Centre
Open from 1 May for pre-bookings of up to six individuals from two households. Book online.
Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain IV20 1YA; tel: 01862 871351
The museum reopens on 1 May, Thursdays to Mondays, 10am - 5pm. Entry is by pre-booked ticket only.
1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ