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Opening times

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



Prices and opening times


Book online for best price and guaranteed entry. Timed ticketing is in operation at the castle. To guarantee entry on the date and time of your choice, you must buy your tickets online in advance. 

Valid from Friday 30 March 2018 - Sunday 31 March 2019

Category On-site price Advance purchase price
Adult (16-59yrs) £18.50 £17.00
Child (5-15yrs) £11.50 £10.20
Concession (60yrs+ and unemployed) £16.00 £14.00

Valid from Monday 1 April 2019

Category On-site price Advance purchase price
Adult (16-59yrs) £19.50 £17.50
Child (5-15yrs) £11.50 £10.50
Concession (60yrs+ and unemployed) £16.00 £14.00

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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Young Scot Card Holder Offer

Young Scot cardholders can receive £1 entry on general admission tickets during 2019 and 2020. Tickets can be bought online in advance or on arrival. Production of a valid Young Scot is required on arrival and applies to the cardholder only. For full terms and conditions, and to see where else Young Scot £1 entry applies, please visit the Young Scot website for more details.


1 April to 30 September
Daily, 9.30am to 6pm
Last entry 5pm

1 October to 31 March
Daily, 9.30am to 5pm
Last entry 4pm

New Year’s Day (1 January): 11am to 5pm (last entry 4pm).

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

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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