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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

George S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The castle is very photogenic has great views over the city and is well kept and organised.
Skip the line was good but we had to queue up to convert the booking into real tickets anyway.

doddsy.wilcox Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the way to go ! We arrived at the set up of the stands for the tatoo. I t was extremely busy and we just walked by and in ! Beautiful Castle and the history is very emotional for those who had relatives who fought in WW1.

Diana R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

By getting my ticket ahead of time, I was able to enter the castle without waiting in any lines. This is my second time visiting the castle. It is wonderful to be immersed in history.

Elizabeth W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This ticket really helped me get past the crowd and get some good pics before any one else walked up to the top of the castle. Get there 30 min before they open.

Shirley_Chong SL Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Highly recommended as save time to avoid the long line buying ticket over the counter.

Trina A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Worth purchasing as the lines get long to enter the castle. Recommending going early or late afternoon. Plan to spend several hours there.

Nicole W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing! We loved learning about Edinburgh Castle.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

fantastic castle I I directly went inside the castle..

Frances M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Skipping the line was great and the audio tour at the castle was very informative and allowed one to proceed at one's own pace. Touring the castle was a very worthwhile experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was great to skip the long, long line to enter Edinburgh Castle. We printed the paper voucher. It was unclear where to receive the tickets, but the castle staff were very helpful and gave us directions.

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