Opening times

Castle opening times

Tickets often sell out far in advance, especially over the summer months. Book your tickets online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry. Once tickets are sold out online, there will be no further tickets available at the castle.

Dates Opens  Closes
1 April to 30 September Daily 9.30am 6pm (last entry 5pm)
1 October to 23 December Daily 9.30am  5pm (last entry 4pm)
24 December 9.30am 4pm (last entry 3pm)
25 & 26 December Castle is closed  
27 to 31 December Daily 9.30am  5pm (last entry 4pm)
1 January 11am 5pm (last entry 4pm)
2 January to 31 March Daily 9.30am 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Please note, last entry to the castle on 3, 9, 10, 17 & 24 August will be at the earlier time of 3pm (closing at 4pm).

You should set aside at least 2 hours to see the main attractions at Edinburgh Castle.

Opening times for the independent museums at the castle may vary.


The Honours of the Kingdom Exhibition is currently closed for essential maintenance (The Crown Room and Jewels remain open). 

Saturday 28 September: the castle will open at the slightly later time of 10.30am, and the Crown Room will be closed all day. The admission price has been reduced to reflect this.

Adverse weather or other reasons beyond our control may cause the castle to close. We advise checking ahead if the forecast is poor or you are making a long journey. Current unexpected and short term closures.

National War Museum

Season Opens Last entry Closes
1 April to 30 September Daily 9.45am 5.30pm 5.45pm
1 October to 24 December Daily 9.45am 4.30pm 4.45pm
27 December to 4 January Daily 10.15am 3.30pm 3.45pm
5 January to 31 March Daily 9.45am 4.30pm 4.45pm

The Royal Scots and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard Museums are run by volunteers and may have different opening times.

One o’Clock Gun

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

Please be aware that we are currently implementing some new measures with the Ministry of Defence in relation to the viewing of the One O’clock Gun. As part of this, visitors are asked to please arrive at the new marked areas at least 10 minutes before the firing of the gun, and follow guidance from castle staff. We will limit access to some areas surrounding the gun until after it has been fired.


Redcoat Café

1 April to 31 March:
Daily, 9.30am to 4pm 

The Tea Rooms

1 April to 31 March:
Daily, 10.30am to 4pm


Portcullis Shop | Crown Gift Shop | Whisky and Finest Food Shop

1 April to 30 September:
Daily, 9.45am to 5.40pm 

1 October to 31 March:
Daily, 9.45am to 4.40pm 

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


Online Ticketing Services

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