Edinburgh Castle Tickets

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Opening hours

Summer (1 April to 30 September) - 9.30am to 6pm.

Winter (1 October to 31 March) - 9.30am to 6pm.

Closed on 25th and 26th December.

1st January - 11am to 5pm.

Last entry one hour before closing time.

How to get there

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK

Edinburgh Castle is within walking distance of the city

FAQ

Is the Castle still a royal residence?
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Until 1603, Scotland had separate monarchs to the rest of the UK. The Scottish crown, sceptre and sword of state are kept in Edinburgh Castle and used during State occasions. The Crown Jewels which are kept in the Tower Of London are the UK crown jewels which are used at the coronation.
How old is Edinburgh Castle?
Parts of Edinburgh Castle date back to the 12th century. The oldest part of the Castle is the tiny St Margaret
Are there guided tours?
Visitors can choose a self-guided tour using an audio guide in many different languages which is collected from the Castle ticket office and allows exploration at your own pace. Alternatively, free regular tours with an experienced guide depart from just inside the drawbridge. You can also buy guidebooks from the gift shop just by the ticket office in a range of world languages.
What is the One O
In the days before wristwatches and smartphones to tell us the time, a large gun was fired from Edinburgh Castle every day at 1pm so that ships out at sea could set their clocks accurately. The tradition has persisted, and every day many visitors gather at Mills Mount Battery to hear the 105mm field gun fired.
What is the Edinburgh Castle Tattoo?
Each August, marching bands, bagpipers and military bands from across the world take part in a huge show on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade. Stands are erected for visitors to the evening show, but the castle remains open through the three weeks of the Tattoo.

Must-know

Mons Meg
One of the most important objects in Edinburgh Castle is the 15th century siege cannon known as Mons Meg. It was originally a gift to James II of Scotland from the Duke of Burgundy in France, and is one of the world
Eating and Drinking
There are plenty of options for eating in Edinburgh Castle, allowing you to take a break from your sightseeing. Have soup and sandwiches in the Redcoat Cafe with view over the New Town and main shopping street, or enjoying the British tradition of afternoon tea in Crown Square. There are also picnic tables, and kiosks selling everything from hot drinks to ice cream.
Stone of Destinye
Used for centuries underneath the thrones used to crown the Kings of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny was taken to Westminster Abbey in London by Edward I in 1296. It remained there for centuries before being stolen by students in 1950, recovered, then eventually returned to Edinburgh Castle in 1996 where it is displayed alongside the Crown Jewels. This important piece of Scottish history will only leave Edinburgh Castle for any future coronation.

Places nearby

Scotch Whisky Experience
Immediately adjacent to Edinburgh Castle at the foot of the esplanade, the Scotch Whisky Experience explains the manufacturing process of Scotland
Scotch Whisky Experience

Scotch Whisky Experience. Jeff Whyte / Shutterstock.com

National Museum of Scotland
Scotland
National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland. Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com

Edinburgh Dungeon
Explore the dark side of Edinburgh at the Dungeons. Part theatrical experience, part thrill ride and part history lesson, you
Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon