Ticket Types and Prices

New time ticketing system in operation

Edinburgh Castle now operates a timed ticketing system. To guarantee entry on the date and at the time of your choice, you must buy your tickets online in advance.

Visiting today?

You will only be able to select an afternoon time slot when you buy your tickets online. For the 9.30am slot, you must book tickets online at least a day in advance. The 11am and 12 noon slots will need to be booked online at least 1.5 hours before the start time.

Last admission is 1 hour before closing. For more information, visit our opening times page.


Valid from Friday 30 March 2018

Category On-site price Advance purchase price
Adult (16 - 59 yrs) £18.50 £17.00
Child (5 - 15 yrs) £11.50 £10.20
Concession (60 yrs+ and unemployed)* £15.00 £13.60

Please note: Admission prices may be subject to change.

Children under 5 years old go free, all children 15 and under must be accompanied by an an adult.

* Proof of eligibility is required. Benefits include, Jobseeker's Allowance (applies to UK residents only and an ES40 form is required); ESA (formerly the Incapacity Benefit); and Universal Credit. The offer does not apply to students.

Membership and passes

Historic Scotland members, Explorer Pass and Scottish Heritage Pass holders do not need to queue for a ticket; simply show your membership card or passes to castle staff at the scanning area to gain access.

English Heritage, Cadw and Manx members should go to 'Group and Pre-paid tickets' for their entry ticket. Members of English Heritage, CADW and Manx Heritage can enjoy a visit to the castle for half price in their first year and for free when they renew. Don’t forget to bring your membership cards.

If you're visiting more than one of our properties or want free entry to over 70 of our heritage attractions throughout the year, take a look at our Explorer Pass or Membership.

Explorer Pass

Pay only once and enjoy admission to Scotland's top visitor attractions, from as little as £24.00. Whether you're looking for a family day out or have an interest in Scottish History you'll find plenty to do at our properties. Find out more about the Explorer Pass.


Members enjoy unlimited year-round entry to 77 attractions. Find out more about how to become a member.

Additional information

  • Visitors that require the assistance of a carer are asked to pay admission according to their age category. Carers accompanying visitors with disabilities will receive free admission. 

  • Serving members of the British Armed Forces receive free entry to Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Fort George. MOD90 Identification is required on arrival and applies to the cardholder only.

  • Young Scot cardholders can receive £1 entry on general admission tickets during 2019 and 2020. Tickets can be bought online in advance or on arrival. Production of a valid Young Scot is required on arrival and applies to the cardholder only. For full terms and conditions, and to see where else Young Scot £1 entry applies, please visit the Young Scot website for more details.

  • European Youth cardholders can receive a 10% discount on general admission tickets. Production of a valid European Youth card is required on arrival and applies to the cardholder only. 

  • Audio Tours are available to hire in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin. Adult £3.50, Child £1.50 and Concession £2.50. 20% discount for Historic Scotland Members and Explorer Pass Holders.