- 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
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.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been! So happy I got to Skip the Line - it was looong and drizzling! Thanks Viator! :
Loved this castle more than Tower of London or Windsor Castle. Good guide, beautiful grounds and city.
Easy to use. Just went into the office to get our tickets and we were on our way! We loved the castle and the tour.
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Thank goodness, I and #39;ve booked in advance. The castle is a grand tour by itself .
Great didnt have to stand in line
Wonderful tour. Very informative guide, who went out of his way to be friendly with us all. Beautiful castle with great history and stunning views to surrounding areas. Fantastic tour.
The castle is so captivating. I found the audio guide a great help. Give yourself plenty of time to absorb the rich history found here.
This castle is truly a marvel. Massive and imposing---everything you'd expect a castle to be and more. Exhibits of Scottish history, it's war dead, and Mary Queen of Scots quarters are all impressive and not easily forgotten. There are so many unique aspects of this castle that it's very difficult to put into words. Every area is accessible and the views are breath taking. Anyone visiting Scotland are cheating themselves if they don't start their adventure here. The atmosphere and pure castle beauty has a way of giving everyone a glimpse of medieval history and helps transport you to those days. I'd recommend this to everyone young and small!
Is a self-guided tour. The castle and grounds are very interesting! Everywhere are helpful signs. My friend and I enjoyed visiting.
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