Security

The routine security measures at Edinburgh Castle help us to manage a safe and secure site for staff and visitors. They do not relate to any specific threat.

Visitors to the castle should be alert to unusual activity, as in any other public place. Let a member of staff know at once if you see anything suspicious.

Our staff are here to help you. We are committed to serving you with both courtesy and respect. We ask that you treat our staff in the same manner.

Bag restrictions

For reasons of ease of movement, visitor safety and general security, suitcases and large rucksacks are not permitted in the castle.

We are unable to store luggage, prams, pushchairs or other personal items for visitors.

Storage facilities are available at Waverley Train station, visit the Network Rail website for more information 

Bag searches

We carry out random bag searches at the castle entrance as part of our security screening process. This may lead to slightly longer waiting times for entry, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

You must not bring on site:

  • firearms
  • knives
  • sharp items, including needles (medical equipment is permitted)
  • drones
  • explosives, including fireworks
  • CS gas


Anyone found with such items may be denied entry to the site.

Safety information

The safety of both visitors and staff at the castle is our number one priority. That is why we’re among several partners across the city working with Police Scotland’s Project Servator team.

Project Servator involves highly visible, intelligence-led police deployments designed to disrupt criminality. The project uses specially trained uniformed police officers supported by other assets, including plain-clothed officers and dogs. Often working in tandem with trained security staff, the project compliments other security measures, such as CCTV and vehicle checks.

Visitors to the castle also have a vital role to play here, by remaining vigilant and reporting anything that doesn’t feel right, by informing a police officer or security staff immediately or by calling 101, the non-emergency number.

In an emergency, always dial 999. Don’t leave it to someone else to report it.

Find out more about Project Servator or follow @EdinburghPolice #ProjectServator