- 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.
Getting your voucher before hand is key to getting into the castle in a timely manner. Bypass the long line to buy tickets, just go to the visitor information inside the castle and pick up your ticket and in you go. Allow 2 to 3 hours for sure.
Buying the tickets ahead of time was easy and we enjoyed not waiting in line to get in. Very fun castle to go through. I would highly recommend this tour.
I now understand why the Scottish military fire the canon at 1pm every day. The reason is very logical from a Scottish perspective.
Spent the day exploring the Castle which I thought I would not need. Just great day.
Fun experience. Best to buy tickets online. The audio guide is very useful and worth the money.
This is a must see if you are in the Edinburgh area!
Perfect, loved every minute of it !
Loved this castle, got there early and avoided most of the crowd.
What an awesome castle this is. When we first glimpsed the castle from the outside, it almost takes your breath away. How they built it without cranes or power tools is beyond comprehension. The tour inside is a must to. Such history. The guide was really informative. Thoroughly recommended
Free tour with guide inside of the castle was very nice, funny and helpful to learn the history of this place in a brief .
Great site to visit. Be sure to take your voucher to the information booth...don't waste time in the ticket line. Try to stay for the 1:00 gun.