Opening times

Castle

Edinburgh Castle is open daily from 9.30am. Last entry and closing times vary by season. You should allow at least 2 hours to see all of the castle highlights. The castle is busiest from 9.30am to 11am. 

Season Opens  Last entry Closing time
Summer (1 Aug - 30 Sep) 9.30am 5pm 6pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) 9.30am 4pm 5pm

Closing commences 1 hour before the actual closing time.

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

Areas/facilities that will be open during your visit:

  • All external spaces with visitor access
  • 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
  • Scottish National War Memorial
  • The Redcoat Café open as a takeaway service only with a reduced menu offer.
  • Red Food Truck on the esplanade serving coffee/tea, cakes and snacks
  • Ice cream van on the esplanade
  • Audio guides available to hire from the ticket office
  • Toilets in Lower Ward (just over the drawbridge) and of Crown Square are open
  • 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.

Christmas and New Year

The castle is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December). On 1 January, we’re open from 11am to 5pm. Normal opening times resume on 2 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)