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National War Museum

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

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Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

National War Museum offers a chance for curious minds of all ages to investigate the story of Scotland at War, within the grand and historic setting of Edinburgh Castle! Discover details of dramatic battles lost and won through their collections of military artefacts and the personal items of Scotland's infantry soldiers and support network.

Families and children are welcome at the museum and there is so much for you to see and learn about! Uncover fascinating documents like personal diaries and official memos, plus a range of photographs from official regimental pictures to telling private snaps. And don't forget to say hello to Bob the Dog!

Learn about leadership and morale, victory and defeat, and what is was like to face the enemy (and even death!) in the museum's extensive collection. There is of course potential for those giving the message of war serious consideration to find it a bit upsetting, but the museum is sensitive to young visitors, though you may well find the topic lingers after leaving.

Entry to the museum is included in the admission price for the castle. Also included is access to the special exhibits, which vary as the season rolls around.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit National War Museum's website
0131 247 4413

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

1st April - 30th September: Monday to Sunday 09:45 - 17:45

1st October - 29th March: Monday to Sunday 09:45 - 16:45

New Year's Day 11:00 - 17:00

Closed 25th - 26th December


Admission is included in the admission charge to Edinburgh Castle. 

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only.

Parking facilities

They have a partnership iwht NCP at Castle Terrace. Receive up to 12 hours of parking for £10.00, a saving of up to 65% on standard rates. 


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