Inverness Castle

Castle in Inverness

Inverness Castle, Scotland

Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness in Inverness, Scotland. The red sandstone structure, displaying an early castellated style, is the work of a few 19th-century architects. William Burn (1789–1870) designed the Sheriff Court, Joseph Mitchell (1803–1883) the bastioned enclosing walls, and Thomas Brown II (1806–c. 1872) the District Court, originally built as a prison. It is built on the site of an 11th-century defensive structure. Until 30 March 2020, it housed Inverness Sheriff Court: this has now been moved to the Inverness Justice Centre.

There has been a castle on this site for many centuries. In April 2017 the north tower of the castle was opened to the public as a view point. At present, only the castle grounds and the north tower are open to the public. The remainder of the castle is not open to the public.

The Castle Viewpoint offers fabulous 360 degree views of the Highland Capital and many of the famous landmarks in the surrounding area.

The Inverness Castle appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Inverness!

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Visiting Inverness Castle


Opening Hours (until 31 Oct 2020)

Thursday – Monday from 10.30 – 16:00

(Last booking at 15.30)

Tuesday & Wednesday: CLOSED


£6 per adult £4 per child (aged 12 and under)

Address: Inverness Castle Inverness IV2 3EG United Kingdom
Duration: 20 minutes

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