Edinburgh Castle | Day Out With The Kids

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Visitors dressed in Victorian clothes at Edinburgh Castle

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor and 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.

Facilities

  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 2NG, Scotland

Contact

Click here to visit Edinburgh Castle's website
0131 225 9846

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

1st April - 30th September
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 18:00

1st October - 31st March
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00

Pricing

General Admission
Adults (16-59) from £17.00
Kids (5-15) from £10.20
Concessions from £13.60

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only.

Guest suitability

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. 

Parking facilities

Reduced price parking is available at NCP's Edinburgh Castle Terrace car park.