5 star rating: Highly Recommended 157 Reviews

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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Skip the Line: Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

Use your skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle to independently explore the highlights of this historic attraction at your own pace. Bypass the entrance queue to visit St Margaret's Chapel, marvel at the Crown Jewels in the Royal Palace and discover the battles that shaped Scottish history at the on-site National War Museum. Whichever part of Scotland’s royal past intrigues you, you’re sure to find it at this imposing fortress on Castle Rock.


  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland's top attractions
  • Avoid the queues and head straight inside to explore at your own pace
  • Visit the tiny St Margaret's Chapel, one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh
  • Learn about important events and battles in Scottish history that took place on the castle grounds
  • 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 Monday through Friday, you’ll see the firing of the One O’Clock Gun, a time-honored maritime tradition.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

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

Make your way to Edinburgh Castle, an impressive fortress and military stronghold atop Castle Rock. Your skip-the-line admission ticket grants you priority access to the castle’s public spaces, including the National War Museum, which documents some 400 years of Scottish military history. 

Learn about the bloody battles and sieges fought over Edinburgh Castle, and view Highland swords among a staggering collection of artifacts including the 19th-century Thin Red Line painting by the acclaimed Scottish artist Robert Gibb. 

Perhaps explore the prisons that held French and American prisoners during the 14th-century War of Independence, when the castle was recaptured by the Scots from the English. You’ll find the Scottish Crown Jewels on display in the Royal Palace, along with the Stone of Destiny — a weathered rock upon which the early Scottish kings were enthroned. View, too, where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son. 

Visit the Great Hall of James IV via Crown Square and don’t miss the stone interior of St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh.

Spend as long as you’d like visiting the castle and grounds during opening hours; most visitors find 2–3 hours to be sufficient. 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 January 2016

Is a self-guided tour. The castle and grounds are very interesting! Everywhere are helpful signs. My friend and I enjoyed visiting.

Richard R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I have always wanted to visit the Edinburgh Castle. It definitely lived up to my imaginings. I would recommend seeing this piece of history to everyone

paul g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Lovely time looking round this castle plenty to see plenty of toilets a shop a cafe and we went straight to the front of the que as we had already booked our tickets


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

What a neat Castle. Entry was easy with the pre-printed tickets. Took the Edinburgh bus on your own from the cruise ship. Had no problem walking to castle entrance. Took us about five to six hours to tour.

Joan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

Peter J M

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.

Madison B

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!

Miguel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

Alison C

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.

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