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Edinburgh Castle Shines a Light on Access Requirements

Posted: 31st October 2019

Heritage for All at Castle of Light Inclusive Evening

Castle of Light is hosting a special access night to ensure as many people as possible can experience the animated storytelling tour at Edinburgh Castle this winter.

Taking place on Monday 2 December, the access night will feature a range of specific support including British Sign Language interpretation and audio described tours, as well as a designated quiet space and ear defenders to help manage noise.

Aimed at people with additional support needs, including autism and dementia, the evening will allow visitors of all ages to revel in the hotly anticipated 90-minute adventure through Scotland’s past – with a maximum capacity of 150 at every time slot, taken in small group tours throughout the evening to ensure the Castle does not get too crowded.

Gillian MacDonald, Head of Business Development & Enterprise at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), which operates Edinburgh Castle, said: “We truly believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to experience the excitement of Scotland’s heritage, and so we’ve been consulting experts and gathering advice from parents in the community on how to make this event accessible and enjoyable for all.

“By addressing specific access needs, we hope to welcome even more people into Edinburgh Castle as it is transformed with state-of-the-art projections and enchanting storytelling this festive season.”

Tickets for the Castle of Light access night on 2 December are on sale now at www.CastleofLight.scot and can be purchased online by selecting the appropriate date and time for specific tours:

Monday 2 December

  • Audio-described tour, 6.15pm – Tour the castle accompanied by an audio describer, who will guide blind and partially sighted visitors through the castle, bringing to life the historic surroundings and spectacular light installations. Additional audio equipment will also be available, to ensure that everyone is able to access the tour
  • British Sign Language Interpretation, 5.45pm, 6.45pm and 7.45pm – BSL interpreters will accompany Deaf and signing visitors around the castle, interpreting the mythical creatures and historical characters of the Castle of Light
  • Autism-friendly visit, 8pm – Autistic visitors can tour the Castle of Light, knowing that there is a designated quiet space and/or the option of ear defenders to enable enjoyment of the tour.

It is suggested that you allow around 90 minutes to fully experience the show. If you need to arrange tickets for a carer or companion, please contact ticketing@hes.scot.

For more information and to get your tickets, visit www.CastleofLight.scot.

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