Tickets

The castle is now open and we are delighted to welcome you back.

Ticket options & prices

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you will not be able to visit without booking online in advance.

Before you travel, please check the latest Scottish Government guidance.

Due to social distancing and the overall safety of our visitors and staff, some areas of the castle will be closed and we have reduced the admission price to reflect this.

 

Ticket type Reduced admission price Normal admission price
Adult (16-64yrs) £15.50 £17.50
Concession (65yrs+ and unemployed)* £12.40 £14.00
Child (5-15yrs) £9.30 £10.50
Family (1 adult, 2 children) £31.00 n/a
Family (2 adults, 2 children) £45.00 n/a
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £53.00 n/a

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 go free, but they must have a ticket booked for them.

Concession price: this applies if you can show proof that you’re aged 65+ or unemployed.

Admission prices are subject to change.

Free and discounted admission

  • Historic Scotland members must book their tickets online and show their ticket and valid membership on entry. Not a Member? Join now to start enjoying the benefits
  • English Heritage, Manx and Cadw members get half price entry in your first year and free entry for renewal and life members. You must book online in advance.
  • Carers who accompany visitors with disabilities receive free entry. The ticket for the person they are caring for must be purchased online, then please contact ticketing@hes.scot with your order number and your carer ticket can be sent to you.
  • Have a Young Scot card? Pay just £1 to visit the castle in 2021. You must book your ticket in advance and show your valid Young Scot card on arrival (children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult). 
  • Current members of the British Armed Forces receive free entry to Edinburgh Castle. Please make an online booking for the paying members of your party. To book a free ticket, please email us at ticketing@hes.scot, quoting your order number. You will need to bring a valid MOD 90 card when you arrive at site. Please note free entry only applies to the serving member.

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
  • Palace Apartments (includes The Laich Hall, Antechamber, The Mary Room and The Birthing Room)
  • St Margaret’s Chapel
  • Mons Meg
  • One o’Clock Gun
  • Prisons of War exhibition (one vault remains closed)
  • The Mary Room
  • Honours of Scotland (Crown Jewels & Stone of Destiny)
  • Prisons of War vaults (exhibition is closed)
  • Scottish National War Memorial
  • National War 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. In line with current Scottish Government guidelines you must wear a face covering when visiting the shops
  • Takeaway offering outside the Redcoat Café (view menu). Open daily, 9.30am to 4pm
  • Queen Anne Tea Room (open 10am to 3pm)
  • Toilets available in the Lower Ward (just over the drawbridge), Hospital 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.

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