National War Museum of Scotland

National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

National War Museum of Scotland

National War Museum of Scotland
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
About
Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, discover the impact of war on Scotland's history, identity and reputation abroad. We have made some changes to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. As the National War Museum is located within Edinburgh Castle, please refer to the Edinburgh Castle website to buy your tickets and plan a visit.
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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mds
Vancouver, Canada118 contributions
Oct 2021
As far as war museums go, this one is well laid out, informative and impactful. Much attention is paid to the detail of soldiers and weaponry throughout the generations. We spent hours there and didn't realize it! Lots of staff (volunteers?) ready to answer questions and appreciated the crowd control/flow of people through the museum during COVID, so never felt "crowded".
Written October 12, 2021
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alfie50
Southwold, UK2,533 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Located within Edinburgh Castle and included in the castle admission ticket.
There was a small que to get in due to covid restrictions
The young girl Monitoring que was very good chatting and engaging with those waiting to go in especially the young kids.
Once in there was lots of very good displays of the military history of scotland through the last few hundred years. Information on the history all three services in Scotland.
If you are visiting Edinburgh Castle make time for tis museum it is well worth a visit.
Written November 19, 2020
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Sam3314
Derby, UK1,663 contributions
Oct 2020
Traces the history of the Scottish military. So much to see that several visits would be recommended. Well presented displays that allows you to see the development of warfare for Scottish troops. May need to queue to get in at present as numbers are controlled.
Written October 7, 2020
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK2,996 contributions
Mar 2020
We visited the Scottish National War Museum in March, just before lockdown. The museum is situated within Edinburgh Castle so entry is included in the Castle admission ticket price. It is an interesting and well laid out museum and chronicles Scottish military history with informative displays including flags, medals, uniforms, field guns and weapons throughout military history. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Written May 27, 2020
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LankyOmaha
Dallas, TX241 contributions
Oct 2019
A great museum with an extensivew collection. It is located in the Edinbuigh Castle grounds. There are numerous rooms that trace scottisjh military histroy through the years. I found all of the exhibits to be worth seeing.
Written March 22, 2020
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KoenBeullens
Oostduinkerke, Belgium71 contributions
Jan 2020
The Scottish National War Museum tells the story of the Scottish military during wars troughout the years from the middle ages to the current wars. There are a lot of displays with original uniforms, weapons, flags, medals, and so on. There are a lot of storyboards that explain step by step all about the naval, air and land armies. You can easily wander around for an hour or longer. As it is inside the Edinburgh Castle area, you don't need to pay an extra fine.
Written January 25, 2020
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TheSmileyNP
Zionsville, IN84 contributions
Dec 2019
This was a great part of Edinburgh Castle. Very informative with lots of cool displays. My 10 year old wasn't too keen on it but my husband and I loved it. Great for history buffs.
Written January 11, 2020
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Eric G
Pasadena, CA621 contributions
Oct 2019
The war museum is one of the buildings in the Edinburgh Castle complex, and it is well covered the Castle audio guide (which is very good).

Because of their important place in the Empire, the Scots have played important roles in many conflicts around the world over the last few hundred years. This museum does a brilliant job of showcasing that involvement. While most exhibits relate to the army, there are naval exhibits as well. There are lots of guns, swords, uniforms and other items related to war. The famous painting The Thin Red Line is on display. If you are interested in war museums. this is well worth seeing.
Written November 26, 2019
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Graben7
Newport, South Wales90 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
A beautiful building which is very important in letting the future never forget. Please inspect the stain glass windows, they are exquisitely made and all tell a story.
Written November 8, 2019
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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,142 contributions
Jul 2019
It's located inside the Edinburgh castle and to access you need to pay for the castle tickets. It worths the visit. A must to go in the city.
Written October 20, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about National War Museum of Scotland

National War Museum of Scotland is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:45 AM - 5:45 PM