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Overview
Guarantee entry to one of Edinburgh’s top and most popular attractions by buying your Edinburgh Castle admission ticket in advance. On the day, beat queues at the ticket office and maximize your time exploring all that Edinburgh Castle and its grounds have to offer at your own pace, including the National War Museum, the Royal Palace, the Scottish Crown Jewels exhibit, and more.
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    Edinburgh Castle
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Head straight inside Edinburgh Castle to discover the delights of the city’s magnificent fortress, believed to date back as far as the Iron Age. Dominating Castle Rock, the castle’s prominent position meant that it quickly became an important stronghold, and countless bloody battles and sieges were fought over it. As you walk around independently, read up on some of the more notable battles that Edinburgh Castle witnessed, such as the War of Independence between the Scots and the English in the 14th century. The castle was recaptured from the English in a daring raid under the cover of darkness by the nephew of the great Scot, Robert the Bruce. Where you go inside the castle is up to you, but be sure to visit the beautifully decorated Royal Palace to see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son. The Scottish Crown Jewels are also found in this part of the castle, along with the intriguing Stone of Destiny — a weathered rock upon which the early Scottish kings were enthroned. Take a walk through Crown Square to see the Great Hall of James IV, explore the prisons that held French and American prisoners during the War of Independence, and pass through St Margaret’s Chapel. Use your ticket to enter the on-site National War Museum, where you can browse a staggering collection of artifacts that document some 400 years of Scottish military history. Highlights include a display of Highland swords and the 19th-century Thin Red Line painting by the acclaimed Scottish artist Robert Gibb. You can spend as long as you want inside the castle, however many visitors find 2–3 hours to be ample. If you want to take a break from sightseeing, visit the Tea Rooms for traditional tea and baked snacks or the self-service Redcoat Café to eat and admire the views. Both are located on the castle grounds. All food and drinks are at your own expense.
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Highlights
  • Save time on the day by buying your Edinburgh Castle admission ticket in advance
  • Wander around at your own pace instead of following strict tour schedules
  • Marvel over the Scottish Crown Jewels and see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth
  • Visit St. Margaret’s Chapel, one of Edinburgh’s oldest buildings
Important Information
Duration
3h
Inclusions
  • Entrance fee
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Audio guide
  • Guidebook
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Last entry is 1 hour before closing
  • Please go straight to the gates to have your ticket scanned for entry. Please note: any customers who booked prior to 6th September need to go to the Group & Pre-paid ickets kiosk to exchange their voucher for a ticket
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Annabella_edinbugh wrote a review Nov 21
Edinburgh, United Kingdom7 contributions4 helpful votes
This was a good day out but I wasn't to keen on the cafe. I didn't like the dungeon but seeing the view from the top was great! Also seeing the special stone which was brought back (as it should be!) to Scotland!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Coordinator at Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to leave your review regarding your recent visit to Edinburgh Castle. We are very sorry to hear that your visit did not fully live up to expectations. We have been working extremely hard to ensure that we can re-open as safely as possible, but as a result of Scottish Government guidelines we are currently unable to re-open all areas of the castle and have had to make necessary changes in our café to ensure it is as safe as possible. We have made every effort to promote this information at the earliest part of the booking stage, recommending that visitors view our website and social media outlets to see updated revised arrangements. We are very sorry if this was not clear and we will continue to review the information available to visitors. Over the next few weeks we will be working to improve the offer at the castle and really value your feedback.
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tcwoods22 wrote a review Nov 7
Devon, United Kingdom25 contributions6 helpful votes
We visited during the restricted period,however this did not impact our enjoyment of our experience at Edinburgh castle.All measures were in place to ensure that visitors and staff alike were kept safe and socially distanced.For history enthusiasts it’s a must and the views
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Luana wrote a review Nov 6
7 contributions7 helpful votes
So much history within those walls! Gorgeous views of the city! There was a very well defined one-way-system in place and the staff very polite and friendly.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Steviefull wrote a review Nov 2
Kidderminster, United Kingdom1,051 contribution133 helpful votes
We were fortunate that our last day in Edinburgh coincided with the reopening of the Castle (we went 2nd August), albeit we had to book in advance and in a specified time slot. We arrived well before our time sot but had our suitcases (as it was our last day), for obvious
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Date of experience: August 2020
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alfie50 wrote a review Oct 2020
Southwold, United Kingdom2,381 contributions644 helpful votes
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This was a place I had been wanting to visit for a long time and I was not disappointed. Had a great time wandering around the castle taking in all the sights and additional museums plus the gun at one o'clock. Great time to visit during covid as there is a lot less people. It
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Companion562675
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The one o'clock gun!!
We had a very enjoyable visit, the armour and weaponry in the great hall was very interesting. Then we walked down
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Companion562675
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Amazing castle
We enjoyed visiting all the rooms at the top of the castle, But on this visit we were there for the one o'clock gu
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Rafathor
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Edinburgh castle
The views from the castle were breathtaking I must say. We were quite lucky that the castle was not crowded. We exp
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KayW972
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Quiet and enjoyable
These are not normal times, but staff at the castle have created an enjoyable visitor experience with one-way route
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CatrinaReviews
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Excellent purchase!!
Having a historic Scotland explorer pass is a fantastic purchase. It allows you entry into SO many amazing location
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skid1987
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Stunning views
If you are looking for views there isn't a better place in Edinburgh. Literally spectacular. The layout is good and
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karen361
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trip
amazing bulding didn't go inside this time but i would recommend going inside also just standing on the esplanade t
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sharon-wycombe
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No audio /tour guides - fails to bring the castle and its history to life
Great view and a must in Edinburgh. Many areas not open due to covid. The castle team could have done more to supp
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Royboy75
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Much more than a castle
Arriving two hours before the castle was due to close we had a chat with one of the guides. His information made us
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jessicam_hutchinson
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Limited but good
Good afternoon despite of the rain! Many areas not open due to covid did limit the experience but still a nice star
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matthewcA9518RN
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Amazing
Visited the castle whilst spending a couple of days in Edinburgh. Quite a bit must be sealed off due to covid as th
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familyof4South_East
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Informative morning of history
Very interesting walk around the castle and exhibitions. Helpful guides. You have to follow the one way system and
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397joanner
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Fabulous
A wonderful morning out, lots to see and do and very well organised. The views of the city are amazing and much of
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Angelique M
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You feel like medieval
Wow what a castle! And what a historic nostalgie! I loved the walk inside and around. Also the one oçlock gun was a
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992elmam
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Wee break
We spent a very enjoyable couple of days in Edinburgh. The weather was not always good but the atmosphere is nice a
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  • Duration: 3h
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