Edinburgh Castle

The Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

0131 225 9846
 

Prices and opening times

Admission

We recommend booking online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry.

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Ticket type Online price Gate price
Adult (16-64yrs) £18.00 £21.00
Concession (65yrs+ and unemployed) £14.50 £17.00
Child (5-15yrs) £11.00 £12.50
Family (1 adult, 2 children) £35.50 £41.50
Family (2 adults, 2 children) £52.00 £60.50
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £61.50 £72.00

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 65+ or unemployed.

Admission prices are subject to change.

Free and discounted admission

  • Historic Scotland members get free entry to our sites, but please make an online booking to guarantee entry. You must show your valid membership on arrival. 
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  • English Heritage, Manx and Cadw members get half price entry in your first year and free entry for renewal and life members. Please make an online booking to guarantee entry.
  • Carers who accompany visitors with disabilities receive free entry. Please make an online booking to guarantee entry. Tickets are limited to two carers per transaction.
  • Have a Young Scot card? Pay just £1 to visit the castle. Please make an online booking to guarantee entry. You must show your valid Young Scot card on arrival (children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult).  
  • Current members of the British Armed Forces receive free entry to Edinburgh Castle (as well as Stirling Castle and Fort George). Please make an online booking using HM Forces from the list of ticket types. You will need to bring a valid MOD 90 card when you arrive at site. Please note free entry only applies to the serving member.

Opening times

Dates Opens Last entry Closes
1 April to 30 September 9.30am 5pm 6pm
1 October to 31 March 9.30am 4pm 5pm

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.

The castle is closed on 25 and 26 December.

EARLY CLOSURES - AUGUST 2022   

The castle will be close early on the following dates to accommodate the Tattoo and additional performances: 
6, 13, 20, 26 and 27 August. 
Last entry will be 3.30pm and the castle will close at 5pm.

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.

Opening times

We recommend booking online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
9.30am to 6pm

The castle will close early on the following dates:  
6, 13, 20, 26 and 27 Aug.  
Last entry will be 3.30pm (closing at 5pm).

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
9.30am to 5pm

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