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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 6pm

1 October to 31 March:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5pm

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Prices and opening times


  • Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
  • Adult: £17.00
  • Child aged 5–15: £10.20
  • Child under 5: FREE
  • Concession: £13.60

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Concession price: this applies if you can show proof that you’re aged 60+ or unemployed.

Admission prices are subject to change.

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1 April to 30 September
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 6pm

1 October to 31 March
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5pm

New Year’s Day (1 January): 11am to 5pm

You should set aside at least 2 hours to see the main attractions at Edinburgh Castle.

Last entry is 1 hour before closing.

Opening times for the independent museums at the castle may vary.

Café opening hours

Our cafés are open year-round. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the stylish Queen Anne Tearoom, nestled at the top of the castle in Crown Square. Or relax and soak up the views in the Redcoat Café, from snacks to hearty meals there’s something for everyone. 

Our cafés are 'Taste our Best’ accredited, the dishes on our menu are prepared with locally sourced produce, look out for them on the menu.


25 and 26 December

Unexpected closures

Adverse weather or other reasons beyond our control may cause a site to close at short notice.

Before you travel, you can view current unexpected closures.

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