Visit Edinburgh Castle and explore the towering fortress that overlooks the Scottish capital. The 12th-century castle has a vital place in the history of Scotland with tales of royals, sieges and battles just waiting to be discovered!
You are then free to explore this magnificent stronghold and the various sections of the castle. Free guided tours are available, departing from a number of points throughout the day.
Pay a visit to the spectacular Great Hall of James IV, completed in 1511, and stand under the hammer-beam roof. The lavish rooms of the Royal Palace were home to Scotland’s royalty and you will be able to walk through the fine rooms, imagining the people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Learn about the Scottish monarchs who once walked the hallways, including Queen Margaret and Mary Queen of Scots.
Other Edinburgh Castle highlights include the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, where the Kings of Scotland were enthroned for centuries, and St Margaret’s Chapel. This chapel is the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh! You can also visit the National War Museum and Regimental Museums to discover 400 years of Scotland at war and the country’s oldest regiments.
- Winter (1 October – 31 March): Open 9.30am – 5.00pm (Last entry 4.00pm)
- Summer (1 April – 30 September): Open 9.30am – 6.00pm (Last entry 5.00pm)
- Closed 25th & 26th December
- On 1st January Edinburgh Castle is open from 11.00am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
- The last entry is 1 hour before closing
- Please exchange your voucher for Edinburgh Castle tickets at the visitor information centre inside the castle
- Free guided tours are on a first come first served basis, please ask a member of staff to direct you to the next available tour
What is included in the tour
- Entrance to all attractions within Edinburgh Castle, including the National War Museum
What is NOT included in the tour
- Learn the history of the Scottish monarchs
- See the Stone of Destiny, Crown Jewels, and much more
- Listen out for the firing of the One O'Clock Gun
- Enjoy a free guided tour (in English) of Scotland's most iconic castle