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.

The Scottish National War Memorial will open at the later time of 1pm on Saturday 24 February.

The Crown Room will be closed from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 March for essential maintenance. Admission prices will be reduced on these dates. 

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

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.

Cafés

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

The Tea Rooms will be closed from 5 to 29 March for refurbishment work - during this time Afternoon Tea will be served in the Jacobite Room (within the Redcoat Café).

Shops

Portcullis Shop

Season Opens Last entry
Summer (1 Apr - 30 Sep) Daily 9.30am 5.40pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) Daily 9.30am 4.40pm

Please note that this shop will be closed on Wed 28 Feb.

 

Crown Gift Shop

Season Opens Last entry
Summer (1 Apr - 30 Sep) Daily 9.30am 5.40pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) Daily 9.30am 4.40pm

Please note that this shop will be closed on Wed 28 Feb.

 

Whisky and Finest Food Shop

Season Opens Last Entry
Summer (1 Apr - 30 Sep) Daily 10am 5.40pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) Daily 10am 4.40pm

Please note that this shop will be closed on Mon 26 Feb.

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

Unexpected closures

Adverse weather or other reasons beyond our control may cause the castle to close at short notice. Please check for closures before travelling.

Contact

Online Ticketing Services

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