Following the Scottish Government's announcement, the castle is set to reopen on Friday 30 April. Tickets available soon.

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Following the Scottish Government's announcement, the castle is set to reopen on Friday 30 April. Tickets available soon.

Scottish Government website

Opening times

Castle reopening plans

Following the Scottish Government's announcement, the castle is set to reopen on Friday 30 April.

Find out more on the Scottish Government website

Castle opening times

You should allow at least 2 hours to see all of the castle highlights. 

Season Opens  Closes
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) 10am 4pm
Summer (1 Apr - 30 Sep) 9.30am 6pm

Closing commences 1 hour before the actual closing time.

Following government guidelines you must book your tickets in advance to visit the castle:

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards shop is open from 10am to 3pm.

What will be open during your visit

A one-way system will be operating within the castle. Staff here will control the flow of visitors, and can provide any additional assistance.

  • All external spaces with visitor access
  • The mobility vehicle is available to use (a face covering must be worn). Please ask a member of staff who can organise this for you
  • Great Hall
  • Palace Apartments, the Laich Hall and Antechamber are open (The Mary Room and The Birthing Room will be closed)
  • St Margaret’s Chapel
  • Mons Meg
  • One o’Clock Gun
  • Prisons of War vaults (exhibition is closed)
  • Scottish National War Memorial
  • National War Museum
  • The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Shop, open 10am-3pm (museum remains closed).
  • Audio guides available to hire from the ticket office
  • The Redcoat Café (view our menu)
  • The Portcullis Shop and The Whisky and Finest Food Shop
    • Please note that the shops will be capacity managed and there will be a one way system in place throughout. In line with current Scottish Government guidelines you must wear a face covering when visiting the shops
  • Toilets available in the Lower Ward (just over the drawbridge), Hospital Square and the National War Museum  
  • Accessible toilet available in the Queen Anne Building (Queen Anne Tea Room remains closed)


Some areas/facilities will remain closed for now, we have a phased approach to re-opening while we work to make them safe.

Café

Redcoat Café

31 October to 31 March: 
10am to 3pm (takeaway only between 10am and 11am)

View our menu

For operational reasons, the café opening times may differ to those advertised. 

Christmas and New Year

The castle is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December) and New Year's Day (1 January).

One o’Clock Gun

The gun is fired every day at 1pm, except on Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Contact

Online Ticketing Services

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except UK public holidays)