General view of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Defender of the Nation

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe. Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city, it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away.

Plan your visit

  • Open from 9.30am daily, currently closing at 5pm (last entry 4pm).

    Opening times
  • To guarantee entry on the date and at the time of your choice, you must buy your tickets online in advance.

  • The castle is in Edinburgh City Centre, reachable by bus, tram and train.

    Getting here

Buy an Explorer Pass

Pay once for a 3, 7 or 14 day Explorer Pass and get free entry to over 70 heritage attractions.

Things to see and do at the castle

There are many ways to experience Edinburgh Castle. Go straight to an exciting part, follow an itinerary, or allow an audio guide to show you around.

See and do

The background of the castle

Discover some highlights of a visit to Edinburgh Castle, from the Royal Palace and Honours of Scotland to Mons Meg and the Scottish National War Memorial.

The castle
General view of the Queen Anne Room set up for a corporate dinner

Hire a venue at the castle

Edinburgh Castle is a fitting backdrop to unforgettable corporate events and private dining experiences, the setting of exquisite weddings and civil ceremonies or the finest hospitality before the world-famous Military Tattoo.

Venue hire