The Castle is a historical monument atop a steep slope and so may present access difficulties for people with disabilities. This section explains the facilities we have in place to promote access for all.
There is good access around a number of major sights within the castle including:
- Crown Square
- The Crown Room
- The Scottish National War Memorial
- Mons Meg
- The Great Hall
- St Margaret's Chapel and viewpoint
- The National War Museum of Scotland
- The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum
- Restaurants and shops.
Additional details on the Scottish National War Memorial.
A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available on the Esplanade for the duration of your visit. Ask the uniformed Castle staff to direct you to a space.
A mobility vehicle is available to transfer those whose physical condition makes the steep slopes of the castle difficult to negotiate. It can be requested from the uniformed Castle staff on the esplanade, or contact the castle in advance to discuss your requirements.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis, and can be requested from the Castle staff. Note that the steep, cobbled roadways make pushing hard work.
Areas unsuitable for wheelchair access
Due to width restrictions, some areas are unsuitable for wheelchair access. These are:
- The military prisons
- St Margaret's Chapel
- Queen Mary's Room (Roya lPalace)
- King's Dining Room (Royal Palace)
- The Crown Jewels exhibition.
Most of these are accessible for more mobile visitors, but please feel free to ask staff advice regarding your requirements.
Free admission for carers
Carers accompanying visitors with disabilities are admitted free of charge.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted, including within roofed areas.