Tour code: 6148EDINCASTLE
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

Yong Tzu H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Worth it and easy !

Laurie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Definitely worth not waiting in the line.

Nancy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This purchase involved just obtaining a voucher for entrance into the Edinburgh Castle avoiding the lines for ticket purchase. It is for people who either want to use the audio tour or who just want to tour the castle under their own direction which we do. The voucher worked as advertised, although you do need to go through a station in the entrance area to swap the voucher for a ticket. We had no wait at all there not sure whether in the summer there would be delays with this swap process. Certainly Edinburgh Castle is something everyone needs to visit while in Edinburgh!!

chtesl c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

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! :

alban w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved this castle more than Tower of London or Windsor Castle. Good guide, beautiful grounds and city.

Lori C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

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.

Cherrylin United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Thank goodness, I and #39;ve booked in advance. The castle is a grand tour by itself .

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great didnt have to stand in line

Maureen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

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.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

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.

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