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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loved visiting this castle, so much history.

Emily W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The castle is a MUST SEE! the skip the line ticket is worth it. The ticket line there can be pretty long.

Rita B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Didn't have to wait in the long line.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Well worth booking and we joined a free Castle tour immediately on entering which was wonderful.

Peter M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Give yourself plenty of time to explore this very interesting Castle with fantastic views!

Jeanette W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a great way to escape all the lines.

Jillian A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Skip the line ticket is a must at this attraction. Spent hours at this castle.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was great to have this ticket ahead of time. Didn't need to wait on the line when we got to the castle. This include the guided tour of the castle which is about 35 minutes long. After the guided tour I'd give yourself at least another hour in order to explore the castle on your own. The castle is an amazing sight and I would highly recommend if you are in Edinburgh.

Søren Lind N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

So worth it to skip the lines and go straight in!

Zane A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Well worth a few bucks to skip the very long summer line, and the self-guided tour of the Castle was good too!

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