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 Apr - 30 Sep) 9.30am 5pm 6pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) 9.30am 4pm 5pm

Closing commences 1 hour before the actual closing time.

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.

Cafés

Redcoat Café

Season Opens Last orders
Summer (1 Apr - 30 Sep) Daily 9.30am 5pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) Daily 9.30am 4pm

The Tea Rooms

Season Opens Last orders
Summer (1 Apr - 30 Sep) Daily 9.30am 5pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar) Daily 10.30am 4pm

For operational reasons, The Tea Rooms and 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). 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.

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

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. 

Contact

Online Ticketing Services

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