Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
  • Telephone 0131 225 9846
  • Opening times 1 Apr–30 Sep 9.30am–6pm, 1 Oct–31 March 9.30am–5pm. As Easter is early in 2016 the summer opening times will be 25 Mar–30 Sep daily 9.30am–6pm
  • Admission £16.50; (£13.20; children 5–15 £9.90)
  • Website www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

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Sitting atop the volcanic Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates the city skyline and is the most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland. Events at the castle include regular re-enactments of events from its history, occasional concerts by big-name performers, and in August, the Castle Esplanade is the venue for the world-famous Military Tattoo. Other attractions include James IV's famous cannon, Mons Meg, the One O'Clock Gun with its own exhibition, lots of military silverware and, of course, The Stone Of Destiny, used to crown Scottish kings since time began.

A proud and majestic symbol of Scotland, famous the world over. Unmissable highlights of Edinburgh Castle’s wealth of treasures are the crown jewels, The Honours of Scotland, which are amongst the oldest in Europe and The Stone of Destiny. The Great Hall has a striking arms and armour display. Also off Crown Square is the Royal Palace including the birthing chamber where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth. Don’t miss St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building. The Scottish National War Memorial, a moving experience, is the shrine to those who gave their lives in conflict. Ask our team about our recommended 10 highlights.

Enjoying a Visit A free tour by one of our experienced guides will help make the most of your visit. Audio guides in eight languages are also available for hire. A children’s trail is specially designed for our youngest visitors.

Gifts & refreshments • The castle’s three gift shops sell a wide range of high quality souvenirs, books and gifts • The Redcoat Café offers a hot carvery, light meals, sandwiches and drinks. The Queen Anne Café is a stylish venue which provides distinctive Scottish cuisine and afternoon teas

Visit… • In Edinburgh at the top of the Royal Mile • Open all year. 1 April - 30 September 9.30am to 6pm and 1 October - 31 March 9.30am to 5pm. As Easter follows early in 2016 the summer opening times will be 25 March - 30 September 9.30 am - 6pm. Last tickets sold 1 hour before closing. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Please note that opening times for the independent museums may vary • We recommend at least 2 hours to see the major attractions within the castle • Parking for drivers with a blue disabled badge • Steep inclines and steps - courtesy vehicle available • VisitScotland grading ★★★★★

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There are 10 events at this location

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Burns for Beginners

Ever wondered why people make so much fuss about Robert Burns? Come and find out in this informal introduction to the bard.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Jan 2017

Christmas Lunch

Who says you have to have Christmas dinner on Christmas day? Thanks to Edinburgh Castle, you could have several. The cost of the lunch includes free admission to the castle.

Wed 7 Dec

£40 (Children £15; Members £34; merber children £12) / 0131 225 9846

Thu 8 Dec

£40 (Children £15; Members £34; merber children £12) / 0131 225 9846

Fri 9 Dec

£40 (Children £15; Members £34; merber children £12) / 0131 225 9846

…and 10 more dates until 24 Dec


Hear from one of the men who rediscovered Scotland's crown jewels.

Wed 1 Feb 2017

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

Thu 2 Feb 2017

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

Fri 3 Feb 2017

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

John Comyn, Patriot

Hear tales of John Comyn was a Patriot and Hero of Scotland, mistakenly remembered only as a rival and enemy of Robert the Bruce.

Mon 13 Mar 2017

£16.50 (£13.20; Children £9.90) / 0131 225 9846

Tue 14 Mar 2017

£16.50 (£13.20; Children £9.90) / 0131 225 9846

Wed 15 Mar 2017

£16.50 (£13.20; Children £9.90) / 0131 225 9846

…and 2 more dates until 17 Mar 2017 back to top

Olly Murs

Cheeky chappy, X Factor finalist and chart-topper embarks on an arena tour.

Tue 18 Jul 2017

Times vary / 0131 225 9846


See how the Scots of the 16th century fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself.

Sat 31 Dec

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

Sun 1 Jan 2017

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

Mon 2 Jan 2017

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

Traditions and Tales of a Victorian Christmas

The Victorians didn't actually invent Christmas – yes, yes, we know it was a winter solstice celebration that was co-opted by organised religion – but they did make it Christmassy, inventing the Christmas cracker (Tom Smith, 1847) the Christmas card (Sir Henry Cole, 1843) and popularising the Christmas tree. Find out more…

…and 2 more dates until 23 Dec

A Very Mary Christmas

Find out how Mary Queen of Scots celebrated Christmas with her courtiers. Let's hope Lord Darnley lays off the mulled wine.

…and 2 more dates until 30 Dec

Wine and Dine

Seasonal dining in the majestic surroundings of Edinburgh Castle. Arrive from 12.30pm for a 1pm sitting.

Sun 18 Dec

£67 (Members £60) / 0131 225 9846

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