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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

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Highlights
  • Entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland's top attractions
  • Avoid the queues and head straight inside to explore at your own pace
  • Visit the tiny St Margaret's Chapel, one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
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9:30am - 11am Entry SlotMost Popular
Arrive at Edinburgh Castle any time between 9:30am - 11am. There is no time limit on your visit.
$22.06
11am - 12pm Entry Slot
Arrive at Edinburgh Castle any time between 11am - 12pm. There is no time limit on your visit.
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3pm - 5pm Entry Slot
Arrive at Edinburgh Castle any time between 3pm - 5pm. There is no time limit on your visit.
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Overview
Independently explore the highlights of this historic attraction at your own pace. Bypass the entrance queue to visit St Margaret's Chapel, marvel at the Crown Jewels in the Royal Palace and discover the battles that shaped Scottish history at the on-site National War Museum. Whichever part of Scotland’s royal past intrigues you, you’re sure to find it at this imposing fortress on Castle Rock.
What to Expect
Make your way to Edinburgh Castle, an impressive fortress and military stronghold atop Castle Rock. Your ticket grants you access to the castle’s public spaces, including the National War Museum, which documents some 400 years of Scottish military history.
Learn about the bloody battles and sieges fought over Edinburgh Castle, and view Highland swords among a staggering collection of artifacts including the 19th-century Thin Red Line painting by the acclaimed Scottish artist Robert Gibb.
Perhaps explore the prisons that held French and American prisoners during the 14th-century War of Independence, when the castle was recaptured by the Scots from the English. You’ll find the Scottish Crown Jewels on display in the Royal Palace, along with the Stone of Destiny — a weathered rock upon which the early Scottish kings were enthroned. View, too, where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son.
Visit the Great Hall of James IV via Crown Square and don’t miss the stone interior of St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh.
Spend as long as you’d like visiting the castle and grounds during opening hours; most visitors find 2–3 hours to be sufficient. If you want to take a break from sightseeing, visit the Tea Rooms for traditional tea and baked snacks or visit the self-service Redcoat Café to eat and admire the views. All food and drinks are at your own expense.
Reviews (523)

1 - 5 of 24 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago
Big highlight not to be missed

The tickets for entrance are required ahead of time and just give an entrance date and time window. We skipped many of the special collections and exhibits but enjoyed the grand views of Edinburgh and main exhibits thoroughly. We were scheduled for the Tattoo later...More

1  Thank trugrayrobison
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Quite good but expensive

It was very hot and it seemed to be queues for everything, including actually getting in, although we had pre booked our tickets. We queued for over half an hour and gradually made our way up to see the crown jewels only to be marched...More

5  Thank SusanBurt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Definitely a place to see if you're in Edinburgh

It is really the heart of the city, you don't want to miss this experience, but be ready to spend half a day there, it is huge and I spent a lot of the time trying to navigate and choose the right audio track on...More

1  Thank Ekaterina K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
History galore

Had to cue up but it went quickly. What a castle, the history was fascinating and the view of the city extrodinary. It is a bit of a climb to get there though. The shops and prices were good. Lots of restaurants down the street...More

5  Thank Sheila B
Reviewed July 9, 2018
most interesting

the castle is very interesting. you can see in what places prisoners were held and how were their life condition.This is a huge castle sitting on a high rock overlooking the whole area and the city. The museum of war is most interesting - do...More

4  Thank yehiam68