- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
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.
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Picnics Allowed
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available Nearby
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 2NG, Scotland
Click here to visit Edinburgh Castle's website
0131 225 9846
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
1st April - 30th September: Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 18:00
1st October - 31st March: Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Adults (16-59): £17.00
Kids (5-15): £10.20
1 hour before attraction closes
Assistance/Guide Dogs only.
Even though the castle is a historic building at the top of a very steep slope there is good access to many of its major sights. There are still a number of areas that are unsuitable for wheelchairs. Please call ahead for details.
Reduced price parking is available at NCP's Edinburgh Castle Terrace car park.
Written by JoyfullyAmy . 27.10.17
Took a long drive to visit this castle and it was so worth it! Everyone enjoyed their day! We entered the castle after having lunch somewhere else because we wanted to avoid all the crowds. It is so well kept and beautiful! We began with a free tour that took us up to the top of the castle hill... BE WARNED it is a very steep slope to the top! I don't know how wheelchairs or pushchairs can make it up. Make sure you are wearing suitable shoes and take lots of breaks for the little ones.Once we got to the top it was breathtaking! Such an amazing view of Edinburgh! The rooms and areas were also very good and informative. It was great day out. I would say it's a visit of 3-4 hours.
Good half day out, good in any weather
Written by nikkileese22 . 06.12.17
Have been a few times and is steeped in history. Lovely day out in all weathers and something good to do. The entry to the castle is quite steep but there is good access in most areas. A little expensive for a family trip but still wirth a vist