Plan your visit

Plan your visit to Edinburgh Castle and make it a smooth trouble-free day!

Through our website you can find helpful information on how to get here, getting around when you are here, and what shops and facilities we offer.

There are also details on how to buy your tickets online  for any queries you may have.

If you have special requirements, please call us on 0131 668 8800.

Opening Hours

Winter (1st October - 31st March)
Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm. Last entry is at 4.00pm.

Summer (1st April - 30th September)
Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm. Last entry is at 5.00pm.

Closing times for independent museums vary.

Christmas and New Year
Closed on 25th & 26th December.
On the 1st January we will be open from 11.00am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm) and as normal from 2nd January.  


Beat the queues - buy your tickets online and save money with our special offers.

Existing members do not need to queue at the Ticket Office, you should go directly to Visitor Information and show your membership card.

Explorer Pass

Pay only once and enjoy admission to Scotland's top visitor attractions, from as little as £16.50

Whether you're looking for a family day out or have an interest in Scottish History you'll find plenty to do at our properties. Find out more about the Explorer Pass here.

Make the most of your day

Our itinerary planner helps you make the most of your visit to the castle even if you are pushed for time. See suggested routes and must see highlight of the castle.

Bring your little explorers along and test their knowledge with our Edinburgh Castle Quiz. It's an interesting fact-finding mission bringing Edinburgh Castle to life and great fun for the whole family.

Access for All

Due to width restrictions, some areas are unsuitable for wheelchair access.

There is good access around a number of major sights within the castle including:

  • Mons Meg
  • St Margaret's Chapel viewpoint
  • The National War Museum of Scotland
  • The Scots Dragoon Guards Museum
  • Crown Square
  • The Crown Room 
  • Scottish National War Memorial
  • Restaurants and shops

Find out more about castle access.