Edinburgh Castle


Castle Hill, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

    Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

    It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction.

    This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War

    The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.

    In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history. This guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin.

    The Crown Jewel shop in the Royal Apartments offers exclusive lines of specially designed jewellery.

    A courtesy vehicle (provided by the Bank of Scotland) can take visitors with a disability to the top of the castle. Ramps and a lift give access to the Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and associated exhibition; and ramps provide access to the war memorial. For those with impaired vision, there is a free Braille guide and hands-on models of the Crown Jewels with Braille texts.


    5 Castle
    Assisted wheelchair access Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open New Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
    Day Times
    Monday 09:30 18:00
    Tuesday 09:30 18:00
    Wednesday 09:30 18:00
    Thursday 09:30 18:00
    Friday 09:30 18:00
    Saturday 09:30 18:00
    Sunday 09:30 18:00
    Bank Holiday 09:30 18:00
    2013/14 Opening Times
    1 Oct 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 09:30 17:00
    Tuesday 09:30 17:00
    Wednesday 09:30 17:00
    Thursday 09:30 17:00
    Friday 09:30 17:00
    Saturday 09:30 17:00
    Sunday 09:30 17:00
    Bank Holiday Closed

    Admission Times
    Summer (1st April – 30th September) 09:30 – 18:00 (Last entry 17:00)
    Winter (1st October – 31st March) 09:30 – 17:00 (Last entry 16:00)
    Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open New Years Day.

    Further information can be found a

    Ticket Information
    Ticket Type
    Ticket Tariff
    Adult £16.00 per ticket
    Child £9.60 per ticket
    Concessions £12.80 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Lunch Available
    • Vegetarian
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Restaurant
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Shop


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Electron
    • Debit Card
    • Switch Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Solo Card
    • Diners Card
    • Cash
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Taxi Rank < 100m from station
    • Public Parking Nearby
    • Paid Parking within easy distance
    • Disabled Parking
    • On Public Transport Route


    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member
    • Disabled Access


    • City Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Children Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Wedding Packages Available
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Reception Facilities
    • Civil Ceremony

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