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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

Raymond J S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

well worth purchasing !

veronica f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

well worth purchasing tickets for skip the line otherwise i would have been in an hour long queue at 10.30 in the morning with two young boys and the trip to the castle would not have spoiled by the wait. I would rate this tour as a definite 5 as did my daughter and grandsons.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Muy interesante la visita. Recomendada.

Deborah T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly recommend this tour and to pre purchase tickets !! Lines can get long ! Great history and at the end you can walk down the Royal mile !!

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I loved how we were able to skip the lines and just walk right in. We decided not to get the audio tour and just walk around the castle. Loved that we were able to see and take pictures of everything, but the crown jewels. Highly recommend seeing the Edinburgh Castle.

Nicola B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really enjoyed the experience.very interesting.the weather was great. Would visit again.

Deborah F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

If you are going to Edinburgh you have to visit the castle. I recommend getting tickets to skip the line. When we arrived the line to purchase tickets was at least a 45 minute wait. Saving time allowed us to enjoy the castle longer. Be sure to watch the one o'clock guns go off!

Elizabeth A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A must to see in Edinburgh.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Mbali B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Skipping the line was great. The castle is worth seeing. You can spend hours in there.

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