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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 at the ticket office and head straight to the scanning point to explorer 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.
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Arrive at Edinburgh Castle any time between 11am - 12pm. There is no time limit on your visit.
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Overview
Avoid the queues at the ticket office and head straight to the scanning point to explore at your own pace. 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 (549)
1 - 5 of 47 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MUST VISIT

Easy to access and tickets wont cost much either. IF you are in Edinburgh then visit to the castle is must.

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank PSobti
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent

Wonderful so interesting great wee cafe .. Great views .wear flat shoes as all cobbled paths worth the walk up the royal mile

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kaypeter16
Reviewed 13 February 2019
Must see

I arrived in Edinburgh via the train station and was amazed at the first glimpse of the castle. The views from the castle are incredible. There are a number of tours offered. We found ours well worth the time.

Date of experience: February 2019
3  Thank Melissa L
Reviewed 24 January 2019
You can ask for assistance

Due to ill health I ordered a taxi to take me to the castle. Unsteady on my feet I tried to work out how to collect my ticket. As doing so I feel over, other people that were visiting the castle helped me to my...More

Date of experience: December 2018
4  Thank JKAUR
Reviewed 17 January 2019
A must see

A must see since its the center of the city and has many things to see including the original scottish crown relics. How ever bit over priced and has a combination of both old and new buildings.

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank Lavanya D
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