Facilities

Security

We do not have the facilities to store a range of personal items (e.g. luggage, prams and pushchairs). In addition, due to the current heightened level of national security we will also currently NOT be accepting any suitcases or rucksacks over 30L into the site. Left property will be removed and destroyed if necessary.

We would like to make visitors to Edinburgh Castle aware that we are currently operating random bag searches at the Castle. Please note this may result in longer waiting times for entry, and we would like to thank visitors in advance for their patience and understanding.

It is important to note that this measure does not relate to any specific threat, but is rather part of our ongoing approach to the management and provision of a safe and secure site for our staff and visitors.

We would encourage visitors to Edinburgh Castle to remain vigilant and inform us of anything they see or feel is suspicious.

Parking

There is no public parking at the castle and the nearest parking zones are at Castle Terrace and Johnston Terrace.

Reduced price parking is available at NCP's Edinburgh Castle Terrace car park. Parking tokens must be validated at Edinburgh Castle's audio booth during your visit. The cost is £8 for 12 hours (increasing to £10 from 1st April). This offer does not apply in August.

There are a limited number of spaces for disabled visitors at the castle, please book in advance on 0131 310 5114.

Tours and guides

A complimentary guided tour is included with your entry ticket. These take place throughout the day and are led by our experienced and well informed guides. 

Audio guides available in eight languages can be hired on arrival.

Gift shops

The three gift shops each offer their own distinctive shopping experience:

  • The Portcullis Shop at the castle’s entrance has the largest range of souvenirs including contemporary and traditional gifts.
  • The Whisky and Finest Food Shop has a great selection of Scottish food and a vast array of whiskies.
  • The Crown Gift Shop has beautiful jewellery, exclusively designed china and more.

Eating and drinking

Meals, snacks and drinks are available from:

  • The Redcoat Café, serving hot meals to scrumptious sandwiches and hot and cold drinks.
  • The Tea Rooms which offers lunches, delicious afternoon teas, cakes and hot and cold drinks.

Toilets

There are four sets of public toilets at the castle. All have baby changing facilities and with the exception of David's Tower all are accessible to people with disabilities. 

The toilets are in:

  1. The ticketing area, on the left through the drawbridge 
  2. The Queen Anne Tea Room 
  3. The Redcoat Café 
  4. David's Tower 

You can see their location on our free orientation map, or just ask a member of staff for directions.