Edinburgh Castle

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Getting here

Edinburgh Castle is easy to spot from most parts of the city. The mighty fortress has dominated the skyline of Scotland’s capital for centuries.


Edinburgh Castle 
The Esplanade 

National Grid reference: NT 252 734

Telephone: 0131 225 9846

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There is no public parking at Edinburgh Castle. Castle Terrace NCP is the nearest car park.

There are a small number of parking spaces available for ticket holders with Blue Badges on the Castle Esplanade. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Bike racks are available nearby at:

  • Victoria Street
  • Waverley Station
  • Chambers Street


The Airlink 100 express bus runs from the airport to the city centre. It takes 25 minutes to reach Waverley Bridge, next to the main railway station. Visit lothianbuses.com

Some hop-on, hop-off bus tours make a stop by the castle. Visit edinburghtour.com

Or look for local buses with the Mound or George IV Bridge on their route.


Trams leave the airport every 7 minutes from early until late. The journey to Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main shopping street, takes about 30 minutes. Visit edinburghtrams.com


Waverley is Edinburgh’s main and most central station. It’s just a short walk to the castle, which can be seen from the station exits – though it’s uphill all the way.

Haymarket Station, also in the city centre, is to the west of Princes Street.


Edinburgh Airport is within easy reach and has good bus and tram links to the city centre. Visit edinburghairport.com

Journey planners

Search for National Cycle Network routes on the Sustrans website.

Plan your journey by public transport using Traveline Scotland.

Let us know if you spot one of our sites in the wrong location. You can email digital@hes.scot.

What's on at Edinburgh Castle

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)

The Edinburgh Castle logo, featuring a lion's head


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