To celebrate the Year of Young People 2018, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) will be lowering drawbridges and opening gates to young people at historic sites across the country for the low price of one pound.
HES will be partnering with Young Scot, along with the National Trust for Scotland and the Historic Houses Association, to offer a historically low discount to young people who want to explore Scotland’s iconic historic sites.
From 1st February, the discount will be available at over 30 of the HES-managed Historic Scotland visitor attractions throughout the length and breadth of the country, including some of Scotland’s most-visited historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. The one pound offer will subsequently be rolled out at seasonal properties later in the year.
Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to offer Young Scot cardholders this fantastic opportunity to explore our historic sites for only £1.
This year we will be putting young people at the heart of everything we do, celebrating the valuable contribution they already make and creating new opportunities to get involved with Scotland’s historic environment."
Young Scot cardholders to receive one pound entry to historic sites
There are over 670,000 Young Scot cardholders in Scotland - over two-thirds of all young Scots - and the card is available for free to all young people living in Scotland aged 11-26. To access the discount young people just need to present their card when buying their ticket. The discount will run throughout the Year of Young People 2018.
The offer has been created for the Year of Young People 2018, following a recommendation from in the Heritage Blueprint report that visiting historic sites was too expensive for some young people. The Heritage Blueprint report was created by a group of young people working with the National Trust for Scotland to help historic sites in Scotland engage with more young Scots.
The one pound entry offer is one of a number of initiatives, activities and events that HES is delivering as part of the Year of Young People 2018. These include a digital co-design project, supporting young people to create their own digital platform; partnership projects with Who Cares? Scotland to enhance access to sites and resources for all young people; and ‘Knight at the Castle’, a brand new signature event for the Year of Young People which will see Edinburgh Castle open after-hours in partnership with Young Scot, Edinburgh Napier University, Impact Arts, and Scotland's Urban Past.