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Blackness Castle Welcomes Visitors to ‘Siege on the Forth’

Posted: 30th August 2023

Living history, science show and bird watching all play a part in this weekend’s annual event

Visitors can this weekend experience the annual Siege on the Forth event as it storms Blackness Castle from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September.

One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, with spectacular views across to the Fife coast and Forth bridges, Blackness Castle has served as an artillery fortress, royal castle, prison and armaments depot, as well as featuring in TV series Outlander. Mighty fortifications make this 15th-century castle look like a ‘ship that never sailed’.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Marketing and Engagement at Historic Environment Scotland (HES) said: “Our Siege on the Forth event gives visitors the chance to delve deeper into the colourful history of Blackness Castle, from life in the King’s Renaissance court to Cromwell’s siege of 1651. An impressive site both in terms of its distinctive design and  the  events that took place, both within and outwith its fortified walls, this event is a great opportunity to find out more about the castle’s colourful past, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to a weekend, where we peel back its secrets and step back in time.”

Siege on the Forth takes place at Blackness Castle from 12pm– 4pm on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September. The Castle will be open from 9.30am for visitors to explore before the event begins.

Tickets to the event are included with entry to the site and cost £7.50 for adults, £6 for concessions, £4.50 for children and under 7s go free. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members.

For more information, visit the Historic Environment Scotland website.

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