- Entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions
- Explore Edinburgh Castle at leisure and discover Scottish history at your own pace
- Visit the tiny St Margaret's Chapel, one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh
- Walk through the Royal Palace where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son
- Visit the Crown Jewels Exhibition to see some of the oldest regalia in Europe
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This is Edinburgh’s must-visit attraction! Look out for the costumed performers who bring historical events to life as you explore. If you visit at 1pm in the week, you’ll see the firing of the One O’Clock Gun; it’s a time-honored tradition that allowed sailors of bygone days to know the time.
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What You Can Expect
As you walk around the castle’s public spaces, learn about some of the more notable battles that Edinburgh Castle witnessed, such as the War of Independence between the Scots and the English in the 14th century. The castle was recaptured from the English in a daring raid under the cover of darkness by the nephew of the great Scot – Robert the Bruce.
Where you go inside the castle is up to you, but be sure to visit the beautifully decorated Royal Palace to see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son. The Scottish Crown Jewels are also found in this part of the castle, along with the intriguing Stone of Destiny – a weathered rock upon which the early Scottish kings were enthroned. Take a walk through Crown Square to see the Great Hall of James IV, and then explore the prisons that held French and American prisoners during the War of Independence before passing through St Margaret’s Chapel – a beautifully decorated and tranquil place of worship.
Also on site is Scotland’s National War Museum, so use your entrance ticket to browse its staggering collection of artifacts that document some 400 years of Scottish military history. Highlights include a display of Highland swords and the 19th-century Thin Red Line painting by the acclaimed Scottish artist Robert Gibb.
Your entrance ticket allows you to spend as long as you want inside the castle, however many visitors find 2-3 hours to be ample. 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.
This tour was amazing!
Jane, our guide, was fantastic. Her stories were told with a sense of humor and a solid understanding of history and the countryside. We saw wonderful Scottish castles and lochs and were not disappointed at all.