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Over 28 of our staffed sites have now reopened and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry. Find out more and book now

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Plan your visit

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe.

Book tickets

Please make an online booking to guarantee entry.

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What will be open during your visit

While some areas may be closed, we will have additional interpretation available on-site so you don't miss out. This may include QR codes so make sure your mobile can read these when visiting.

A one-way system is in place. 

  • 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
  • St Margaret’s Chapel
  • Mons Meg
  • One o’Clock Gun
  • Prisons of War exhibition (one vault remains closed)
  • Prisons of War vaults (exhibition is closed)
  • Scottish National War Memorial
  • National War Museum
  • 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. You must wear a face covering when visiting the shops
  • The Redcoat Café (view menu), open daily 9.30am to 4pm
  • The Tea Rooms, open daily 10am to 3pm
  • Toilets available in the Lower Ward just over the drawbridge (baby changing facilities available), Hospital Square, David’s Tower (just off Crown Square) and the National War Museum
  • Accessible toilet available in the Queen Anne Building

Some areas/facilities remain closed for now

What to expect from your visit

Safety measures: 

  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting

Face coverings:

  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions).
  • Masks will not be provided, so make sure you bring one with you
  • Face shields (e.g. visors) no longer count as face coverings on their own. They can only be worn in conjunction with other face covering
  • Face coverings are not required while visiting external areas of the sites
  • If you feel wearing a face covering at all times during your visit (including in external areas) will make you more comfortable, then please wear one, as we want you to enjoy your visit as much as possible

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Opening times

Please make an online booking to guarantee entry.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
9.30am to 6pm

1 Oct to 24 Dec
9.30am to 5pm

27 Dec - 4 Jan:
10am to 4pm

5 Jan to 31 Mar:
9.30am to 5pm

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