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.

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.

The One o'Clock Gun

The gun is fired every day at 1pm, except on Sundays, Good Friday, and Christmas Day.

Please be aware that we are currently implementing some new measures with the Ministry of Defence in relation to the viewing of the One O’clock Gun. As part of this, visitors are asked to please arrive at the new marked areas at least 10 minutes before the firing of the gun, and follow guidance from castle staff. We will limit access to some areas surrounding the gun until after it has been fired.

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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.

The Scottish National War Memorial will open at the later time of 1pm on 24 Feb.

The Crown Room will be closed from 13 to 15 Mar for essential maintenance (admission prices will be reduced).

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


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