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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

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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 Scottish 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
  • 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. 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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Head straight inside Edinburgh Castle to discover the delights of the city’s magnificent fortress, believed to date back as far as the Iron Age. Dominating Castle Rock, the castle’s prominent position meant that it quickly became an important stronghold, and countless bloody battles and sieges were fought over it. As you walk around independently, read up on some of the more notable battles that Edinburgh Castle witnessed, such as the War of Independence between the Scots and the English in the 14th century. The castle was recaptured from the English in a daring raid under the cover of darkness by the nephew of the great Scot, Robert the Bruce. Where you go inside the castle is up to you, but be sure to visit the beautifully decorated Royal Palace to see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son. The Scottish Crown Jewels are also found in this part of the castle, along with the intriguing Stone of Destiny — a weathered rock upon which the early Scottish kings were enthroned. Take a walk through Crown Square to see the Great Hall of James IV, explore the prisons that held French and American prisoners during the War of Independence, and pass through St Margaret’s Chapel. Use your ticket to enter the on-site National War Museum, where you can browse a staggering collection of artifacts that document some 400 years of Scottish military history. Highlights include a display of Highland swords and the 19th-century Thin Red Line painting by the acclaimed Scottish artist Robert Gibb. You can spend as long as you want inside the castle, however many visitors find 2–3 hours to be ample. If you want to take a break from sightseeing, visit the Tea Rooms for traditional tea and baked snacks or the self-service Redcoat Café to eat and admire the views. Both are located on the castle grounds. All food and drinks are at your own expense.
Duration: 3 hours 
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  • "Wear comfortable shoes as to is mostly on an incline." See review
  • "Go early to save some hassle if you dislike crowds." See review
  • "The buses do not give change back so be sure you have the correct coins." See review

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Gathering Storms
jennie_l
, Apr 2020
This could as easily have been a six star review. We booked for a visit with tour guide. I misunderstood the estimated tour length to be the window within which to show up. My bad. So we showed two hours late on a windy stormy day, face masks at the ready, on the lookout for disinfectant opportunities, intent on being appropriate in the looming pandemic. We were in good company the whole way. No crowds to speak of, no selfie centered clusters. Even without a guide, the available didaktiks provided good guidance to notable features. I did get to overhear some dozents instructing their charges, all seemed well informed. I suspected some considerable variability dependent on the interests of the dozents themselves. Specifically, there was a member of the armed forces guiding one small group, and he knew volumes about the military details of the castle: clearly a high value advantage and I'd go back again to arrange something like it. I can't remember what the ticket cost us. Doesn't matter much. The value is in the castle itself and you'd have to go back many times to answer all the questions that hang in the air thereabout. What is a castle and why. And why did the duke of Burgundy gift a monster gun to the Scots, and why did they even accept it, (maybe just the thrill of the challenge to get it up that hill?) Even the wind and the rain demonstrated the value of cold comfort offered by a pile of rocks. We'll be back.
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Edinburgh Castle
Greg_W
, Mar 2020
Wonderful Castle. Entrance easy. Our entrance time slot of 3pm to 4pm did not leave us enough time to see all of the available attractions.
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Full of History and atmosphere
Elaine_M
, Mar 2020
Been in Edinburgh loads of times even for the Tattoo but never been inside the castle itself. It was all so interesting and I loved the Crown Jewells. Weather was cold but bright so that helped.
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Canon
Louise_W
, Feb 2020
Very good. Informative lots to do. Especially enjoyed the one o clock gun fire . Cafe rather expensive. Steep hills lots of stairs
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Good experience
giulissalanda
, Jan 2020
Its edimburgho castle so plenty of tourists but still worth a visit even if some of the castle was closed off for refurbishments.
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Castle
paulthagan
, Jan 2020
Not really suitable for those with walking difficulties steep slopes and cobbles slippy in wet conditions exhibitions v interesting well worth a visit with your own personal commentary head set
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Castle
Extraordinary195312
, Jan 2020
Very good visit through the plan they gave us was obsolète.,thatsall i have To San.i do not agréé on the number me characters
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A castle in the mist!
joanrobinsondavao
, Dec 2019
It was a very misty day when I visited Edinburgh Castle. The walk with s free guide was helpful and he told us such a lot and at what times to look out for special things like the 1 o'clock gun. I was thrilled to see The Stone of Destiny because I have heard the story in Westminster Abbey and it was interesting to read the history and link it with British history I know.The Castle is well kept and reflects the starkness of Scotland's history.
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rogerv786
, Nov 2019
Excellent, very good visit, we loved the explanations within the different rooms, we think that everyone found his own interest on the visit
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Historic Edinburgh Castle
Avinash R
, Nov 2019
Very nice castle with stunning views of the city. worth a visit definitely when in Edinburgh. We liked it very much

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