Edinburgh Castle

The Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

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Overview

Discover a world-famous icon. Perched on a volcanic plug, Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline of Scotland’s capital city for centuries.

Climb Castlehill to explore this mighty fortress and former royal residence, now a major part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scotland’s crown jewels are among the national treasures on display within the castle walls. 

Known as the ‘defender of the nation’, Edinburgh Castle remains an active military base. An annual highlight is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, held on Castle Esplanade every August.

No trip to Scotland’s capital is complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle – voted Best UK Heritage Attraction for the fourth year in a row at the British Travel Awards 2014.

Edinburgh Castle is also a popular filming location and appears in the film adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel Filth, starring James McAvoy.

View a map of our locations that have starred in film and TV. Download Historic Scotland on Screen [PDF, 679.37KB]

What to see and do

  • Set your watch by the One o’Clock Gun, fired daily (except Sundays)
  • Enter Edinburgh’s oldest building, St Margaret’s Chapel, built around 1130 by David I
  • Admire the late-medieval ceiling of the Great Hall, built around 1510 for James IV
  • Look for Mons Meg, a huge, late-medieval siege cannon, among the castle artillery
  • Take in the panoramic views of Scotland’s capital city
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz (also available in Brazilian-PortugueseFrench, Gaelic, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Polish, RussianSimplified ChineseSpanish and Welsh).
  • Find out more about the Jacobite Risings with our Jacobite Trail Quiz 
  • Tour the castle with our audio guide, using your own mobile phone with internet access or one of our devices. Buy your audio guide when you purchase your tickets, with a 20% discount for members

Please note that the 'Fight for the Castle' exhibition us currently closed. 

Opening times

Tickets often sell out in advance. 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 castle will close at the earlier time of 4pm (last entry at 2.30pm) on the following dates:

17-20 and 25-27 November
2-4, 8-11, 16-23 and 27-30 December

1 Jan - the castle will open at the later time of 11am.

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