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Edinburgh Castle

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

The Basics

Explore Edinburgh Castle on a time-saving skip-the-line walking tour or delve into the history of this iconic fortress on a private tour. See the room where the macabre 15th-century Black Dinner took place; admire the Stone of Destiny; take a photo with the massive Mons Meg cannon; visit the room where Queen Mary gave birth to King James IV; and find mysterious graffiti left behind by prisoners of war.

Many Edinburgh city tours also include a visit to the castle, whether you want to explore by private mini-bus, vintage taxicab, or on a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
star-4.5
$26.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Entertaining & fun
Our tour guide, Veni, was brilliant! She has a lot of historic knowledge and was quite nice to us! We had a great time and got to know many facts about the city! I’d very much recommend this tour to everyone who wants to get to know Edinburg better.
Bruna_Z, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

star-5
Great Tour with a Great guide Veni
Emmanuel_C, Jan 2023
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle. Veni was a knowledgeable guide, who provided information in an informative yet entertaining manner.
star-4
Freezing history lesson
Anastasios_A, Jan 2023
Edinburgh Castle Guided Walking Tour - Tickets Incluided
Our guide julia was really informative and we learned a ton of facts about the castle and the history of scotland! Despite the freezing cold, she gave us all the details and she even managed some humor 😅 . I d recommend this tour be done on a sunny day, but these are pretty rare during the winter, so dress appropriately!
star-5
Melanie the best
Vincenzo_M, Jan 2023
Edinburgh Castle Guided Walking Tour - Tickets Incluided
Thank you Melanie from Canada you made this tour fun, rich in details and very enjoyable despite of the severe cold weather! Thanks again for the passion you put into your work
star-5
Priceless!
Juny_M, Jan 2023
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour
Seeing Edinburgh palace and touring the Britannia. It was a rewarding experience. Regrettably I was unable to capture the bagpipe player at the corner of the holyrood road. I was so caught up in the commentary on the history of the city that I missed seeing the bagpipes 😕
star-5
Train to Edinburgh from London
MARY_W, Oct 2022
Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry and Hop-on Hop-off bus
The Edinburgh Castle was amazing! Hop on and Hop off tour was great. We saw the North Sea from the train.
star-5
Best value and service
Karen_M, Dec 2022
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour
Excellent value, staff were all friendly and helpful, used our tickets multiple times so great value for money
star-5
Nicky was a great guide....
Vicki_H, Dec 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Nicky was a great guide. We enjoyed her vast knowledge of Edinburgh and engaging manner. Would recommend the tour as a great way to learn about a fantastic city's history and past stories.
star-5
Recommended
Jorge_N, Dec 2022
Edinburgh Castle Guided Walking Tour - Tickets Incluided
Angus was a delightful guide. The tour was the right amount of time to learn about Edinburgh castle and leave time for individual exploring
star-5
A must see
Patricia_H, Jan 2023
Edinburgh Castle Guided Walking Tour - Tickets Incluided
Juile was a fabulous and knowledgeable guide. We had a great time despite the rain!! You could easily spend two or 3 hours at the castle. It was one of our main highlights. A must see.
star-5
Outstanding
Eddie_B, Nov 2022
Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry and Hop-on Hop-off bus
For a self guided tour, I was provided with an abundance of useful information that made me feel safe and secure on what each step on this journey that I got to choose myself in what direction and what order I went in. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, filled with character. An awesome value and experience. Thank you!
star-5
Amaaazing tour
Ruth_C, Nov 2022
Edinburgh Castle Inside Out: Skip the Line Private Tour
Our tour guide was Monica! She was AMAZzing! We learned so much Scottish history and Edinburgh history! She knew everything about the E castle! She was just awesome. We enjoyed this tour a lot!
star-4
Great walking tour!
Kari_A, Nov 2022
Private Walking Tour: Edinburgh Highlights, including entry to Edinburgh Castle
Our family had a great walking tour with Federica. We saw all the highlights along the Royal Mile and nearby. She was great with the kids too! Highly recommend.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Edinburgh Castle is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors to the city.

  • It’s possible to spend anywhere from two hours to a full day exploring the castle.

  • Visitors are subject to bag searches, and storage is not available for large personal items such as backpacks, luggage, and strollers.

  • Photographs are not allowed inside the Scottish National War Memorial or the Scottish Crown Jewel exhibit.

  • Parts of the castle may not be accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Edinburgh Castle is located atop a hill in the Old Town. Parking is difficult in this part of Edinburgh, so the easiest way to get there is on foot from the Royal Mile, by public transport, or on a guided tour. The city’s primary train and bus terminal (Edinburgh Waverley) is within walking distance of the castle.

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When to Get There

The castle is open year-round and is busiest in summer. Arrive early to avoid crowds and plan to visit the Crown Jewels first, as lines form quickly and can take over an hour to get through. Afternoon visitors can enjoy the daily firing of the “one-o’clock gun,” while August travelers can sometimes see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performing just outside the castle walls.

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Best Photo Spots in Edinburgh Castle

The castle’s sweeping Old Town city views are no coincidence—its hilltop position was carefully chosen to protect the city. For great views and equally great photographs, head to the windows near the row of cannons along Half Moon Battery, the grated overlooks across from the military prison, or St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving part of the castle.

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Edinburgh Castle
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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