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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

Explore Edinburgh Castle independently and discover the delights of Scotland’s famous historical attraction at your own pace! Use your entrance ticket to head inside and walk around the public rooms and exhibition halls while learning about the battles and events that shaped Scottish history. See where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son in the Royal Palace, and then visit the on-site National War Museum to see Scottish military artifacts.


  • 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

Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

Visit Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland's top attractions!

Head inside Edinburgh Castle with your entrance ticket and explore to discover the delights of the city’s magnificent fortress that dominates Castle Rock. Believed to date back as far as the Iron Age, the castle’s prominent position meant that it quickly became an important stronghold, and many a bloody battle and siege were fought over it.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent toru and easy entrance into the castle having pre-booked the ticket.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

As always, great visit. 2nd time visiting and will visit again. Need to visit again as both times were under tight timelines.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Spent several hours wandering around the castle on my own. Getting into the castle was easy and I didnt have to wait since I bought the ticket online. Much better than standing in line!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

You cannot go to Edinburgh without visiting this brilliant piece of Scotland's history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour of Edinburgh castle was brilliant. Lots of interesting facts about Scottish history. Would recommend it highly x

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent Tour.
Guide was knowledgeable and personable
Beautiful castle, when in Edinburgh book this trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour with Will, with some interesting spots for photos. Went for the evening tour and got some amazing shots of the evening. Some of the pics taken uploaded at my site.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great being able to go right into the castle and stay as long as we wanted.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Entry was easy. The walk up to the castle was worth it. The view from the top was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had an excellent time at the castle. Definitely worth seeing.

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