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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

Shari S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We hate lines. HATE lines. It costs very little extra to avoid a lot of mess and wasted time. The Castle is fantastic.

Ryan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amazing castle.

Craig B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Well worth a visit to the Castle. So much to see and so interesting - make sure you leave plenty of time


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Worked exactly as you would expect. Simply walk past the ticket lines into the tourist office, and pick up your entry tickets from the desk. Even on a freezing, rainy morning in December, the lines were incredibly long by 10-11am. Not necessary if you show up at opening.

Phillipa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The skip the Line ticket really saves you time as there was a long lineup to buy tickets the day we went. Take advantage of the free tour that leaves inside the Castle every 1/2 hour. Very informative and entertaining.

Donald K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Of all the places in the world I've been to, this trip to Edinburgh ranks as one of the best. The city is easy to get around in whether walking or using public transportation. The Scots are a very friendly people and genuinely enjoy their visitors. One of goals while there was to try the haggis. It really is quite good.

Preetum D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

An experience not to be missed whilst in Edinburgh. Booking via Viator saved a lot of hassle and not having to queue up. The castle was beautiful, and there is plenty of history. The view of Edinburgh from the castle is superb.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Brilliant! A must see for all ages. Skip the line tickets worth every penny. Brilliant free half hour tour with castle guides worth doing for an overview before exploring on own.

Robyn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent. Loved the cobbled walk up, the wide expanse of views from the courtyard.
The short tour was excellent. Lots of kids to get involved in looking at. Crown was excellent. Informative, educational and fun. No queues Decemeber/

Gregg A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a highlight of our time in Edinburgh! It is easy to get to and provides such great historical context for this amazing city.

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