• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: Varies
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

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 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.

Customer Reviews

sharonbedford

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Really interesting castle visit, headphones with commentary really helped.

leWanderer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Beautiful castle and history. Wear comfortable shoes as to is mostly on an incline.

Samantha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Allowed us to skip the queue and saved a substantial amount of time.

kevin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Edinburgh castle has got to be one off the best castles I have visited, also one off the biggest
I would recommend buying this skip the line ticket , as I left the castle there was a long line of people waiting to buy tickets

kevin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Edinburgh castle has got to be one off the best castles I have visited, also one off the biggest
I would recommend buying this skip the line ticket , as I left the castle there was a long line of people waiting to buy tickets

Eileen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour! Happy to be able to skip the line.

Cintia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

In terms of castles, nothing compares to this one! The tour around it with a guide must be interesting, but I preferred to wander it alone. Having the ticket already booked saved me a lot of time!

Sergio Rodrigues Portugal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

By purchasing the ticket from here, you skip the line and go straight to the Visitor Information that is almost empty, and exchange your voucher. Do not forget to print it, as it is mentioned on the voucher.

Kimberly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A fantastic piece of history. Beautifully curated and not to be missed.

Alison H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The o,oh way to get into the castle and skip the line.

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