Scottish visitor attractions: reopening April 2021 onwards

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.

Edinburgh Castle

The Honours of Scotland are on public display as the castle reopens this spring, starting on 30 April. Entry is by pre-booked ticket and you can access the booking system here.

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

Selected HES sites reopen on 30 April to pre-booked visitors only. See the reopening list here and book tickets at the HES 'restart history' page.

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

Now open, with advance booking advisable but not essential. Enjoy the Meet, Make Collaborate exhibition until 19 June and if you're not able to visit, Highland Threads is available online. 

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

V&A Dundee

The museum reopens on 1 May, Thursdays to Mondays, 10am - 5pm. Entry is by pre-booked ticket only.

1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ