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Edinburgh Castle and Royal Palace Entrance Ticket

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  • 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
Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
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9:30am - 11am Entry SlotMost Popular
Arrive at Edinburgh Castle any time between 9:30am - 11am. There is no time limit on your visit.
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Arrive at Edinburgh Castle any time between 11am - 12pm. There is no time limit on your visit.
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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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (530)

1 - 5 of 31 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago
Scotland History

A lot of history here, Worth a good 2 hour visit. Very crowded and slow going at peak times but take your time and soak up the history

Thank BernieJcarter
Reviewed 3 days ago
Best castle

This is a must to see when going to Edinburgh ..we spent 3-4hrs there ...but only saw half ...we would have spent the whole day

Thank Trudi F
Reviewed 3 days ago
Edinburgh Castle , Royal Mile guided visit.

Best experience when visiting Edinburgh, our Golden Wedding gift received from my sister in law was a guided tour in the Castle, Royal Mile and a very knowledgable tour with our guide of Meerkat Tours a super two hours tour with unlimited time in the...More

Thank briantonks763
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
a great museum about Scottish military history

this was a great visit to learn Scottish history about the royles and the military. its built on a steep hill (mountain?) so you can get winded climbing all the way to the top but what a great view. I loved looking at the St....More

2  Thank Michael W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle itself is beautiful. But the entrance gives a feeling of warm welcome (though I doubt that was the purpose when it was build!) I traveled in February, so it was cold and windy, but it was beautiful nonetheless. The view that you get...More

2  Thank Puspita H