Opening times

Castle opening times

Please make an online booking to guarantee entry.

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

Please note that on the days that Castle of Light is taking place the castle will close at 4pm. The dates are as follows: 19 Nov 2021 to 9 Jan 2022, Thur to Sun (excls 24-26 & 31 Dec and 1, 2, 6 Jan). Also Mon 27 to Thur 30 Dec.

  Opens  Closes
1 April - 30 September 9.30am 6pm
1 October - 24 December 9.30am  5pm
27-31 December 10am 4pm
1-4 January 10am 4pm
5 January - 31 March 9.30am 5pm

Closing commences 1 hour before the actual closing time.

The castle is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 & 26 December).

National War Museum


Season Opens Last entry Closes
Summer (1 Apr - 30 Sep) Daily 9.45am 5.30pm 5.45pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) Daily 9.45am 4.30pm 4.45pm
New Year's Day (1 Jan) 11am 4.30pm 4.45pm

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

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
  • St Margaret’s Chapel
  • Mons Meg
  • One o’Clock Gun
  • Palace Apartments – The Laich Hall and Antechamber (The Mary Room and The Birthing Room remain closed)
  • Prisons of War exhibition (one vault remains closed)
  • Honours of Scotland (Crown Jewels & Stone of Destiny)
  • Prisons of War vaults (exhibition is closed)
  • Scottish National War Memorial
  • National War Museum 
  • The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum
  • Audio guides available to hire from the ticket office
  • 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. You must wear a face covering when visiting the shops
  • The Redcoat Café (view menu), open daily 9.30am to 4pm
  • The Tea Rooms, open daily 10am to 3pm
  • Toilets available in the Lower Ward just over the drawbridge (baby changing facilities available), Hospital Square, David’s Tower (just off Crown Square) and the National War Museum
  • Accessible toilet available in the Queen Anne Building

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

One o’Clock Gun

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


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

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

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

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

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


Online Ticketing Services

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