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Inverness Castle, Inverness

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Castle · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Inverness Castle (Scottish Gaelic: Caisteal Inbhir Nis) 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 nineteenth-century architects. William Burn (1789-1870) designed the Sheriff Court, Joseph Mitchell (1803-1883) the bastioned enclosing walls, and Thomas Brown II (1806-c.72) the District Court, originally built as a prison. It is built on the site of an 11th-century defensive structure. Until the 30th of March 2020 it housed Inverness Sheriff Court: this role 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.

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  • The castle is ruined by the storyboards around it which stop you actually seeing the castle but the view and peacefulness in the area is fantastic. Would be great once the boards have been removed.....  more »
  • The castle is a really beautiful focal point that you can see from all angles in Inverness. We really enjoyed taking photos of it and having it in the background of them and would definitely...  more »
  • Inverness Castle has one of the best sights across the City I've seen. I took my Partner up to the Turret Viewpoint and the sight was actually breathtaking. The Staff were fantastic with us and...  more »
  • Great to visit with children, lot's of things to discover and generally a very nice castle with a great history. Parking is limited, so be mindful of that if you plan to visit. You might have to park in the street and walk a bit.
  • The castle is quite nice when you see it from outside but.. 5 pounds for a view point on Inverness, are you serious?! I didn't know it was a such beautiful city...
  • I visited today and most parts of the castle was closed off to visitors which is very disappointing just one view point of the 11 was accessible. And it sounded like it's like that all the time. The castle itself is beautiful on the outside and the parts we saw on the inside...seating areas available outside. Information rooms on the advised you will have to climb 4-5 storeys no lifts available.
  • this looks like a pretty neat place. but all you can do is climb a turret for views of the city. pretty cool that most of it is still in use as a courthouse
  • A must see. Children will enjoy the short animated movies. Climb to the top gives a wonderful panoramic view of the town.

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