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 2018

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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Thu 25 Jan 2018

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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Fri 26 Jan 2018

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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…and 2 more dates until 28 Jan 2018

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.

Mon 11 Dec

£40 (£20; Adult member £34; Child member £17) / 0131 225 9746

  • 12:30 – 16:00

Tue 12 Dec

£40 (£20; Adult member £34; Child member £17) / 0131 225 9746

  • 12:30 – 16:00

Wed 13 Dec

£40 (£20; Adult member £34; Child member £17) / 0131 225 9746

  • 12:30 – 16:00
…and 10 more dates until 23 Dec

Crime and Punishment in Georgian Scotland

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

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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Sun 4 Feb 2018

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

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Mon 5 Feb 2018

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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…and 4 more dates until 9 Feb 2018

The King's Cannon

Hear the story of King James II's fascination with siege cannons.

Sat 18 Nov

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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Sun 19 Nov

Included in castle admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15
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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 2018

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 2018

Times to be confirmed / £225 / 0131 225 9846

Traditions and Tales of Christmas

Find out more about the origins of our Christmas traditions in this investigation of the history of carols, the card and the cracker.

Tue 19 Dec

Included in admission price / 0131 668 8885

  • 11:15
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Wed 20 Dec

Included in admission price / 0131 668 8885

  • 11:15
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Thu 21 Dec

Included in admission price / 0131 668 8885

  • 11:15
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Fri 22 Dec

Included in admission price / 0131 668 8885

  • 11:15
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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.

Sat 23 Dec

Free / 0131 668 8885

  • 11:15
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Sun 24 Dec

Free / 0131 668 8885

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Wed 27 Dec

Free / 0131 668 8885

  • 11:15
  • 12:15
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…and 2 more dates until 29 Dec

Wine and Dine

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

Sun 17 Dec

£75 (Members £70) / 0131 225 9746

  • 12:30

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