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More of our sites are now available to pre-book in advance of their opening later this month. We are working hard to open other sites in the coming weeks

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Welcome back!

We're delighted to welcome you back. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you will not be able to visit without booking online in advance.

Due to physical distancing and the overall safety of our visitors and staff, some areas of the castle will be closed and we have reduced the admission price to reflect this.

How to book tickets

If you are a Member your ticket will be free, but you must book in advance.

We will be updating our social media channels as more dates are available to pre-book, but to be among the first to hear sign up to our newsletter.

Daytime admission tickets Historic Scotland Members English Heritage, Cadw & Manx Members

Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.

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.

What will be open during your visit

  • 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
  • Palace Apartments, the Laich Hall and Antechamber are open (The Mary Room and The Birthing Room will be closed)
  • St Margaret’s Chapel
  • Mons Meg
  • One o’Clock Gun
  • Prisons of War vaults (exhibition is closed)
  • Scottish National War Memorial
  • National War Museum
  • The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Shop (museum remains closed)
  • Audio guides available to hire from the ticket office 
    • due to essential maintenance on the ticket office, audio guides will be unavailable from 14-18 and 21-25 Sept
  • The Redcoat Café (view our menu)
  • Ice cream van on the esplanade
  • 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. In line with current Scottish Government guidelines you must wear a face covering when visiting the shops
  • Toilets available in the Lower Ward (just over the drawbridge), Hospital Square and the National War Museum  
  • Accessible toilet available in the Queen Anne Building (Queen Anne Tea Room remains closed)

Some areas/facilities will remain closed for now, we have a phased approach to re-opening while we work to make them safe.

What to expect from your visit

Safety measures: 

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • 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, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting

Face coverings:

  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are now 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

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

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

Advance booking required.

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