Attending the 2018 Hallowe’en open day at Kinneil House (on Sunday, October 28)?
Here’s some essential information. You can also read our press release here.
WHEN: Open days usually take place around eight times a year. See the homepage of the Kinneil site – http://www.kinneil.org – for the 2018 dates. Normally there are no tours inside the House over the winter months (November to February) – however, the Museum IS open during throughout the year. Our Hallowe’en event is the last chance to see inside the House in 2018.
HOW: Book a timed tour of the House by visiting Kinneil Museum – the red-roofed building in front of the big mansion – on the day of the open day. Tours normally run every 15 minutes from noon, leaving from the museum and walking the short distance into the House. Last admission to the mansion is 3.30 p.m. Volunteer guides will be on hand to take the tours and to answer any questions. Additional volunteers are in the museum to help you. The Museum opens early around noon on open days (normally it opens at 12.30 p.m.).
Please note that tour tickets can get snapped up BEFORE the last timed tour at 3.30 p.m. so arrive in good time to secure a tour. The Hallowe’en event is the last open day in 2018.
SPECIAL TOURS: For Hallowe’en most of the tours will have a spooky theme, talking about the ghost said to haunt the House and local people tried for witchcraft. We also have to have some “normal” tours, usually at 12.15 p.m., 1.15 p.m., 2.15 p.m. and 3.15 p.m.
COST: Admission to the House and the Museum is free of charge. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
ADVANCE TICKETS: Currently tour tickets are only available on the day from the museum. You can’t book tickets in advance or online. Numbers on each tour are limited for health and safety reasons.
ACCESS: The House is around 500 years old in parts – and doesn’t have a lift. Everyone can get access to the oldest section, the Tower House (albeit just to a platform inside the tower). For the Palace section, you have to go down a few stairs to reach the ground floor. There is also one flight of stairs up to the star attractions, the painted rooms. There are two further flights of stairs to displays on the top floor …. Neighbouring Kinneil Museum also has stairs; however, there is a ramped access to the ground floor and an accessible toilet. The Museum also has an iPad with images of rooms inside Kinneil House …. Key paths around the Estate are also accessible using wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
PARKING: In front of the House and museum. If in doubt, ask one of the volunteers across the site.
PHOTOGRAPHY: No flash photography is allowed in the painted rooms at Kinneil.
REFRESHMENTS: A stall selling drinks and sweet treats is normally operational during open days. If you want a meal, you can find cafes and restaurants around Bo’ness. Normally there is also a hot food van selling treats in the ground outside Kinneil House. (Sorry – but you can’t take food or drinks into Kinneil House itself!)
FANCY DRESS: We’re asking youngsters to dress up for the Hallowe’en event, with the best dressed (in our opinion) winning a book token. To make sure your child is entered, ask to leave your details at the museum and get your child photographed at the Hallowe’en event. This will help us select a winner. Please note pictures may be used on our website or social media channels. If you’d rather we didn’t do this, let us know.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE: The museum offers displays and maps about the surrounding Estate, which also boasts a Roman fortlet and the ruins of a medieval church.
DIRECTIONS: The postcode is EH51 0PR.
QUERIES: Ask volunteers at the event, or email the Friends: firstname.lastname@example.org
** Details are correct as of August 2018