Castle Access

Historic Enviroment Scotland promotes access for all. This section explains the facilities at Edinburgh Castle to support people with disabilities.

Even though the castle is a historic building at the top of a steep slope there is good access to many of its major sights including:

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

Also see the Scottish National War Memorial website.

Parking

There are a limited number of spaces for disabled visitors at the castle, please book in advance on 0131 310 5114. On arrival ask the uniformed staff to direct you to a space.

Mobility vehicle

Our mobility vehicle is available for visitors who are unable to manage the castle’s steep slopes. The car can take visitors from the esplanade (entrance of the castle) to the castle’s highest point and back down at the end of their visit.

To make use of this service, simply ask a member of Edinburgh Castle staff to contact the car for you on arrival. Please note, this service is provided on a first come, first served basis so there may be a short wait before the car is available. Very occasionally we are unable to provide this service at short notice due to factors outwith our control.

Please contact us 24 hours prior to your visit to check the availability of the mobility vehicle’s on +44(0)131 225 9846 or email visitor information

Wheelchairs

A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis, and can be requested from the castle staff. Please note – pushing is hard work on the steep cobbled roadways.

Areas unsuitable for wheelchair access

Width restrictions make these areas unsuitable for wheelchairs:

  • Queen Mary's Room (Royal Palace)
  • King's Dining Room (Royal Palace)
  • St Margaret's Chapel
  • The Crown Jewels exhibition
  • The Military Prisons

Most of these are accessible for more mobile visitors and staff are happy to give advice.

Free for carers

Free admission for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities.  Carer admission tickets are not available online and must be collected on-site at the Visitor Information Centre. 

Assistance dogs

Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted, including in roofed areas.

Braille Guidebooks

Braille guidebooks can be borrowed from Visitor Information.

VisitScotland ratings

Edinburgh Castle has been rated Category 2 under VisitScotland's star grading for accessibility. The scheme has three ratings:

Category 1 - Unassisted wheelchair access for visitors
Category 2 - Assisted wheelchair access for visitors
Category 3 - Access for visitors with mobility difficulties

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