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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh CastleCastle Hill
Telephone: 0131 225 9846


Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh.

Over 1,000 years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock, and it is easy to see why it has over a million visitors a year!

Throughout the year you may visit the Battlements, Great Hall, Royal Apartments, Crown Room, and the 900 year old St Margaret's Chapel. When you delve into the depths below the Queen Anne Building and Great Hall, you will discover 2 tiers of cavernous stone vaults that were used as prisons during war for many years, with prisoners from all over the world being kept there. Other highlights include the Stone of Destiny in the Crown Room, which has been part of the coronation ceremonies for most monarch of England, and later Great Britain for hundreds of years, plus the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles!

The iconic Mons Meg cannon, probably one of the most famous medieval cannon in the World, is fired at one o’clock Monday to Saturday (except when removed for essential maintenance), so check your watch and cover your ears! The castle is home to the National War Museum, which allows you to discover 400 years of Scotland at war through military artefacts, treasured collections, and more. There are also 2 independent regimental museums based at the castle, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum in the New Barracks, and the Royal Scots Museum in the Drill Hall opposite. Both tell the story of 2 of the oldest regiments in Scotland, through memorabilia, personal accounts, artwork, and numerous other items.

Edinburgh Castle has a lively programme of events for everyone throughout the year, plus the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo every August.

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It may be worth checking out Edinburgh Castle's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.


We do strongly suggest you contact Edinburgh Castle before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Opening Details:
Summer (1st April to 30th September):
9.30am to 6pm
Winter (1st October to 31st March):
9.30am to 5pm
Last entry is 1 hour before closing time.
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Open 11am to 5pm on 1st January.
As normal from 2nd January.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
Adult (16 to 59 years) £16.50
Child (5 to 15 years) £9.90
Concession (60 years and older, or unemployed) £13.20
Under 5s free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Edinburgh CastleCastle Hill
Telephone: 0131 225 9846