Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away.

About Edinburgh Castle

Standing on its great rock, Edinburgh castle dominates Scotland’s capital.

Great events have taken place within its wall and it has witnessed many sieges.

To control the castle was to hold the keys to the kingdom.

Iron Age warriors understood the rock’s military potential and built a hill fort here. Our oldest poetry tells of a war band which feasted here for a year before riding to death in battle.

During the Wars of Independence, the castle changed hands many times. In 1314 it was retaken from the English in a daring night raid by Thomas Randolph, nephew of Robert the Bruce.

The castle was home to kings and queens. Queen Margaret (later St Margaret) died here in 1093, and Mary Queen of Scots, gave birth to James VI in the royal palace in 1566.

Her great-great-great grandson Charles Edward Stuart - Bonnie Prince Charlie - captured Edinburgh but couldn’t take the castle during the 1745-6 Jacobite rising.

In 1996, the Stone of Destiny, on which kings were enthroned for centuries, was returned to Scotland and is displayed in the Crown Room.

From the 1600s onwards the castle was a military base with a large garrison.

Later it also held prisoners of war.

Parts are still a military base, but the castle is now a world-famous visitor attraction and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.  

Ticket Types and Prices

Book your tickets in advance using our webstore for guaranteed entry to the castle 

Historic Scotland members do not need to queue for a ticket; simply show your membership card to castle staff at the scanning area to gain access.


CategoryApril 2017 - March 2018
Adult (16 - 59 yrs) £17.00
Child (5 - 15 yrs) £10.20
Concession (60 yrs+ and unemployed)* £13.60

Admission prices are subject to change.

Children under 5 years old go free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Last admission is 1 hour before closing. For more information visit our opening times page.

Audio Tours are available to hire in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin. Adult £3.50, Child £1.50 and Concession £2.50. 20% discount for Historic Scotland Members and Explorer Pass Holders.

Members of English Heritage, CADW and Manx Heritage can enjoy a visit to the castle for half price in their first year and for free when they renew. Don’t forget to bring your membership cards.

* Proof of eligibility is required. Benefits include, Jobseeker's Allowance (applies to UK residents only and an ES40 form is required); ESA (formerly the Incapacity Benefit); and Universal Credit. The offer does not apply to students.

If you're visiting more than one of our properties or want free entry to over 70 of our heritage attractions throughout the year, take a look at our Explorer Pass or Membership.

Explorer Pass

Pay only once and enjoy admission to Scotland's top visitor attractions, from as little as £24.00. Whether you're looking for a family day out or have an interest in Scottish History you'll find plenty to do at our properties. Find out more about the Explorer Pass here.


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Edinburgh Castle Contact Information:
Website: https://www.edinburghcastle.scot/