General view of a Paul Weller concert at Edinburgh Castle


Each summer, Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade is transformed into a unique concert venue. Artists who have used the stunning backdrop of the castle include, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Deacon Blue, Westlife, Olly Murs, Kylie Minogue and The Proclaimers.

The concerts are run by Castle Concerts, not Historic Environment Scotland

General information

The concerts are not run by Historic Environment Scotland. For all concert enquiries, email Castle Concerts

The on-site box office is at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG. It is open from 4pm on event days.

Estimated start times
Gates open - 6.45pm
Support act - 7.30pm
Headliner - 8.15pm
End - 10.30pm

Advice for concert attendees

Edinburgh Castle esplanade is an outdoor venue and concerts will go ahead even in poor weather (unless it is unsafe).

Be sure to wear warm, waterproof clothing (as required) and sturdy footwear. The esplanade is reached via a steep slope and concert seating is tiered.

Sitting high in the grandstands is not recommended if you have vertigo, breathing difficulties or a heart complaint.

Edinburgh Castle is a no smoking venue. Alcohol and bottled drinks over 500ml cannot be brought into the arena.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Accessible tickets

Designated wheelchair viewing areas are located at the base of blocks 2–5 and 12–15. Blocks 12–15 also have areas for attendees with ambulant disabilities.

Disabled and ambulant disabled tickets are limited, so be sure to book early. Wheelchair users receive one free ticket for a companion to help with entering and exiting the arena. Visit

We try to let all members of a party sit/stand together, but we cannot always guarantee that this will be possible.

The only access to the venue is via Castlehill, a steep, cobbled street. In most cases, holders of disabled tickets get priority entry to the venue. Just show your tickets at the first ticket check by The Hub no later than 6.30pm.

Holders of disabled tickets can be dropped off at the venue entrance. You should arrive at The Hub by 6.15pm and all vehicles must leave the Esplanade by 6.30pm.

There are accessible toilets on the Esplanade.