Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Overview

Avoid the queues at the ticket office and head straight to the scanning point to explore at your own pace. 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.
  • Entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland's top attractions
  • Avoid the queues at the ticket office and head straight to the scanning point to explorer 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
Make your way to Edinburgh Castle, an impressive fortress and military stronghold atop Castle Rock. Your ticket grants you 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.

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D
, Nov 2018

This was interesting, but I was a little underwhelmed. Maybe my expectations were a bit too high.

p
, Oct 2018

This was a completely no hassle way to see the castle. The castle itself is a must-do in my opinion and buying a ticket this way just makes sense.

J
, Sep 2018

A true time saver! The Castle is beautiful. Be sure to have Tea in the Queen's Tea Room.

r
, Jul 2018

Beautiful views of Edinburgh, and a very nice castle to explore.

D
, Jun 2018

The price of the tickets was good and we bypassed the line. Good value

N
, Jun 2018

My daughter and I traveled to United Kingdom and Europe for three weeks spending three nights in each city of the five destinations. This was my daughter's first trip abroad. I lived in Edinburgh 20 years before, but had not been back since. I hoped to show her as much as we could get in during our short time there. We booked this tour on the day we arrived. Richard met us right on time! The walking part of our tour was set at a reasonable pace. We saw and had time for photos at so many of the sights we hoped to see during our tour. Including the little shop where Harry Potter was written, Greyfriers Bobby and Grassmarket area. THIS WAS THE BEST TOUR! Richard knew and shared SO MUCH history. His entertaining stories were told with humor and knowledge with out being preformed in a theatrical way or silly costume like so many of the tours are. The base of knowledge Richard gave us set the tone for our time in this beautiful city. Everything we experienced after the tour we were able to relate back to a story Richard shared especially when we toured the Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace and Abby. He was a great source of information sharing what we might want to see that I didn't have on my list already and restaurant recommendations.Edinburgh is a very walk-able city and public transport is super easy. The buses do not give change back so be sure you have the correct coins. Other recommendations I would share from our time here: Mary's Milk bar in Grassmarket Great Ice cream, milkshakes or hot chocolate, the BEST breakfast we enjoyed was at Southern Cross Cafe organic, vegetarian, gluten free options, however, the eggs Benedict is to die for! and finally for dinner we enjoyed a lovely Scottish meal at the Rosehip on Rose Street. I can't wait to go back to this beautiful place and spend more time. THANK YOU Richard for sharing you city and a plethora of your knowledge with us making helping to make our trip to Edinburgh SO FABULOUS!

E
, Apr 2018

We couldn't print the tickets out at the airbnb but we were able to go into the visitors center and print them out. Not really a front of the line entrance ticket.

f
, Apr 2018

If your visiting the castle, get this ticket. The line was non-existent the Castle itself is fascinating with information, exhibits and history to please both the tourist and the avid historian. There are very busy times, such as early morning, but if you arrive around brunch or slightly earlier you miss the crowd, get a good breakfast and still have enough time to see it all.

C
, Apr 2018

Purchasing the entrance ticket through Viator did save some time at the site. You still need to go to the office to obtain the entry ticket but this line was much smaller that the one to purchase tickets on the day.

C
, Apr 2018

Was there with my 2 granddaughters who really enjoyed the history of the castle, staff very helpful and friendly, did think the restaurant was a bit costly , 10 for a slice of pizza , cans of coke 1.90 which I do think is a bit steep, but otherwise well worth a visit .


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