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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Events at this venue

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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.

Wed 24 Jan

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

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Thu 25 Jan

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

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Fri 26 Jan

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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…and 2 more dates until 28 Jan

Crime and Punishment in Georgian Scotland

Thomas Turlis the hangman tells you about punishment in Georgian Scotland.

Sat 3 Feb

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

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Sun 4 Feb

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

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Mon 5 Feb

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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…and 4 more dates until 9 Feb

Del Amitri

The popular Scotrockers return for their first tour in over a decade, entitled The A to Z of Us.

Sat 21 Jul

£52.25 / 0131 225 9846

Il Divo - Castles And Country Tour

The crossover phenomenon sing in stately homes and castles.

Fri 13 Jul

£71.50–£82.50 / 0131 225 9846

Il Divo: Edinburgh

Founded in 2004 via the evil genius that is Simon Cowell, Il Divo is a supremely talented British-based international pop opera foursome comprised of French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. Cowell had a desire to bring classical and…

Fri 13 Jul

£84–£96 / 0131 225 9846

Il Divo

Pop opera from the phenomenally successful Il Divo.

Fri 13 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 225 9846

Knight at the Castle

Experience one of Scotland’s iconic places after hours at a unique event for young adults designed to celebrate Year of Young People 2018 in style.

Sat 6 Oct

Times to be confirmed / £15 (£12) / 0131 225 9846

Rat Race City to Summit

Run a half marathon in Edinburgh, cycle 184km to the Highlands and then ditch the bike for an off-road marathon on Ben Nevis. Run at Rat Race the event is billed as 'Scotland's toughest duathlon'.

Sun 29 Jul

Times to be confirmed / £225 / 0131 225 9846

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