Edinburgh Castle

The Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

0131 225 9846


Book tickets

Tickets often sell out far in advance, especially over the summer months. Book your tickets online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry. Once tickets are sold out online, there will be no further tickets available at the castle.

If you are a Member your ticket will be free, but please make an online booking to guarantee entry. Not a member? Join now to start enjoying the benefits

Standard Admission, Member & Explorer Pass Tickets Partner Organisation Tickets

Partner organisations include, English Heritage, Cadw and Manx Members, Young Scot, STGA and SITOA card holders and current members of the British Armed Forces.

Pre-book an official guided tour of the castle and hear from one of our knowledgeable guides along the way with our brand-new audio tour guide system.

Guided Tour and Admission Tickets Guided Tour and Admission Tickets (Partner Organisations) Save with an Explorer Pass

An Explorer Pass (valid for 7 consecutive days) is a great way to explore our iconic sites.

Honours Conservation Project

Vital work conserving the Honours of Scotland is underway and will continue until late Autumn 2023. Objects are removed individually to ensure public access to the collection is maintained throughout the project. 

The Crown of Scotland will not be on display from Wednesday 27 September to Friday 13 October. Admission prices will be reduced during this time. 

The Crown Room will be closed from Monday 20 and Friday 24 November for essential maintenance and there will be no visitor access to the Honours of Scotland. Admission prices will be reduced during this time. 

Find the latest information about the project

Audio guides

Our audio guide features the voices of four time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, celebrated TV and movie actor Bill Paterson and Outlander’s Andrew Gower. Let them take you on a journey and learn about the castle and the people and events that stand out most in its fascinating past.

You can hire an audio guide device from the ticket office and audio booth, or pre-book online when you buy your tickets. 20% discount for Historic Scotland Members and Explorer Pass holders. 

Audio guides are available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. Large Print also available. 

You can also use our guide with your own mobile phone or tablet, instead of a headset. You'll need to bring your own fully charged mobile phone or tablet with internet, and we'll show you how to load it in an email before you arrive.

Didn't find everything you need? Read our visitor FAQs

Opening times

Tickets often sell out far in advance, especially over the summer months. Book your tickets online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 6pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 9.30am to 5pm
Last entry 4pm


Download our visitor app

Discover more on the go – the Historic Scotland app lets you find out about Scotland’s most iconic places wherever you are.

Plan your visit

More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

Become a member

Join Historic Scotland to visit our properties free of charge for a full year and support our work at the same time.

Hire a site for filming

Use one of our fantastic locations on your next shoot for an awe-inspiring backdrop to your work.

Learning visits

Our 300+ historic places serve as creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities – and for learners of all ages.

Search our events

See the past brought to life by the imaginative year-round programme of events at our properties.