The Edinburgh Castle is the most visited attraction in all of Scotland. Reserving your ticket beforehand will help you avoid the never-ending queues for the ticket office.
The Edinburgh Castle is a large fortress found in the Scottish capital, on the rocky peak of an extinct volcano, from where, in times of war, the whole city and port could be controlled.
This impressive fortification has been a royal residence, a prison, army barracks, and the scene of many wars. It is currently the most visited historic attraction in the country.
What to see?
The castle has more than enough to keep you occupied for hours on end, but here are some of the unmissable buildings, museums and expositions:
St Margaret's Chapel: This is the oldest building in Edinburgh, constructed around 1130, now just at the entrance to the castle
The Royal Palace: Residence to the Scottish Kings, it was built around 1430 and remodelled in the 17th century on the orders of James VI.
The Crown Jewels Chamber: Located within the Royal Palace, this room stands out for its exposition of jewels and treasures belonging to the Scottish Crown.
Prisons of War: This was the first wartime prison constructed in Edinburgh, in 1758.
If you would like to know more about Edinburgh Castle, take a look at our article on indtrodcingedinburgh.com.
October to March: 9:30 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)
April to September: 9:30 am to 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)
- Please take into account that the ticket to the Edinburgh castle does not include an audio guide, but for £3.50 ($4.50) you can get an audioguide in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Mandarin. Just ask at the ticket office.
Seniors over 60US$ 17.5
Children 5 to 15 years oldUS$ 13.2
Children under 5Free
Queue free access to the Edinburgh Castle.
Optional audioguide (£3.50, $4.50)
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You will receive an email with your ticket attached which you must print out and show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Yes (most areas are accessible).
Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG