Castle Rising was placed in State Guardianship in 1958. There is a single Ministry directional sign left in the village.
The nave of the priory church at Binham remains in use.
Parts of the south aisle lie outside the present parish church.
The choir and presbytery lie to the east of the present parish church and are now in a ruinous state.
The north and south transepts are clearly marked.
The night stairs are located in the south transept. These led to the dorter.
The foundations of the late 11th century building are marked out in the north aisle.
The Lady Chapel may have been located on the north side.
One of the Ministry signs has been used at Helmsley Castle in Yorkshire. Variants of this include ‘Out of Bounds’ (Berwick upon Tweed), ‘No Access Beyond This Point’ (Dundrennan Abbey), ‘Private’ (Hadrian’s Wall; New Abbey Cornmill), ‘No Admittance Without Ticket’ (Saxtead Green), and ‘No Admittance to Abbey This Way’ (Easby Abbey).
There was a ‘No Exit’ sign at Framlingham Castle.
The top of Cardoness Castle provides views over the estuary. Visitors are discouraged from trying to get on top of the walls. One points out the danger, the other expressly forbids it.
The second reproduces the word ‘Notice’: surely redundant on a sign? And the clear indication that ‘visitors are not allowed on wall top’ is ‘by order’; underneath is an erased line, ‘Ministry of Works’.
The Ministry signs at Melrose Abbey encourage visitors to ‘keep off’ the uncovered remains.
One of the earliest Ministry guidebooks for properties in Scotland was prepared for Edinburgh Castle (1929). The description was by James S. Richardson, with an extended history (pp. 15–40) by Marguerite Wood. It contains black and white photographs with a fouldout plan inside the back cover.
The second edition was published in 1939, and the third in 1948.
This guide continued as the Blue Guide. The plan was moved to the centre pages.
A souvenir guide was prepared for the Ministry of Works by the Central Office of Information in 1960. It has a subtitle, ‘An illustrated guide with the story of the castle through the centuries’. A small plan is placed on p. 3. At the end of the guide are sections on the Scottish United Services Museum; the Honours of Scotland; and the Scottish National War Memorial.
The present Historic Scotland souvenir guide is by Chris Tabraham. It starts with a guided tour (Thirty steps to history), and then a history as ‘Symbol of Scotland’. There are ‘Did you know?’ boxes on each of the double page spreads. The guide also has the logo for the World Heritage Site.
The polite Ministry sign in the inner ward at Norham Castle warns visitors to take care, especially in wet weather.