We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
15% OFF THINGS TO DO when you spend $250+. Use code AUGUST15 on tours & activities
i

National War Museum of Scotland

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: Edinburgh Castle Castle Hill | Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 300 123 6789
Website
Description:

Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost...

Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost and won are told through military artefacts and personal collections. Find out about the life of Scots at war, from the First World War trenches to the Home Front, and learn how conflicts, both at home and abroad, have shaped Scotland's image and reputation over the centuries.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$399*
and up
Private Black Taxi Tour of Edinburgh

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 513 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 231
    Excellent
  • 130
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
War hero's of Scotland

Lots of pictures and war memorabilia of Scotland. Plus lists of names of all fallen solders. A great place to look for relatives.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Alaskansungods
,
Anchorage, Alaska
Add Photo Write a Review

513 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 392: English reviews
Anchorage, Alaska
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of pictures and war memorabilia of Scotland. Plus lists of names of all fallen solders. A great place to look for relatives.

Helpful?
Thank Alaskansungods
Millbrook, Alabama
Level Contributor
190 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We "discovered" this attraction while touring the Edinburgh Castle. (Apparently, the Castle still houses elements of active British military units!) It definitely covers Scotland's military contributions to the UK up to present. The displays and presentations were all top notch and very informative.

Helpful?
Thank publius358
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A little gem of a museum tucked away in Edinburgh Castle hospital courtyard, this museum explores the Scottish contribution to British miltary campaigns from the 17th century until the present day. Entry is free but unfortunately you have to pay to get into the castle. The views from the vantage points in the courtyard out over Princes Street and Fife... More 

Helpful?
Thank jfjamieson31j
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
293 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The National War Museum is located in Edinburgh Castle which enhances your visit to the castle. The displays are well done and give you an interesting glimpse into the war history of Scotland which there is a lot. I enjoyed the Museum of Scotland due to the variety but if your visiting the Castle you enjoy this Museum.

Helpful?
Thank 123Shane
Glossop, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Once you have paid to get into the castle you may as well take advantage of visiting the museum as its included in the price. Really well presented and documented. Suitable for all ages.

Helpful?
Thank MikeJGreenwood
Malaga, Spain
Level Contributor
3,287 reviews
2,941 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,959 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When we visited the castle, this war museum was one of the places we visited. It was quite interesting. However no photography is allowed inside the building. The coats of arms inside were very interesting. I enjoyed the sculpture of the lion just outside the door.

Helpful?
Thank BennyMalaga
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Level Contributor
210 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wealth of history in this national museum located in the Edinburgh Castle. Very informative and well displayed. Worth a visit if you are already in the castle.

Helpful?
Thank Kevin F
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this museum is in the castle grounds and therefore free to visit. You will need plenty of time to walk around it all.

Helpful?
Thank MMsheila M
Level Contributor
125 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's part of the experience of the castle. Entrance is free for castle-goers, so just do it! It doesn't take too long, maybe 45 minutes to experience and peruse the halls of history here. Plenty of artifacts and writeups that will keep a war history buff entertained, and it's well-maintained and up-to-date as well.

Helpful?
Thank Alex S
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family refused to stand in the long line for the jewels(?) so we went to the military museum instead. We enjoyed ourselves.

Helpful?
Thank kjo s

Travelers who viewed National War Museum of Scotland also viewed

 

Been to National War Museum of Scotland? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National War Museum of Scotland and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from National War Museum of Scotland staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighborhood