Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock in Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle Tours and Tickets

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Edinburgh Castle—with its fortress walls, cobbled promenades, and winding stone steps—has loomed over Scotland's capital city for more than 1,000 years. Steeped in history, the former royal palace is now a museum, featuring detailed exhibits; period artifacts, such as the Scottish Crown Jewels and Honours of Scotland; and dark dungeons that illuminate the castle's storied past.

  • Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

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What are people saying about Edinburgh Castle

Lucas_H, Nov 2023
Nice and fairly quick tour
The Royal Apartments the poshest section of the Edinburgh Castle. It’s actually interesting there is an active military post within the walls.
Carol_J, Oct 2023
Loved the history
So much history in Edinburgh castle and a great tour. Will go back again with grandkids. Wonderful place. Loved it
LAWRENCE_S, Oct 2023
Great way to see Edinburgh!
Great way to see the many historic sights of Edinburgh in a few hours at an economical price. Two routes, with one going directly to the cruise ship tenders dock at Newhaven. Both routes go to the Edinburgh Castle. We had no long waits for buses
Doug_K, Oct 2023
Excellent way to experience this historic site
We spent two hours with Laura exploring the Edinburgh castle. She did an excellent job explaining the history of the site while giving us plenty of time to look around on our own. We took a ton of pictures and truly enjoyed the experience.
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Q:How long does the Edinburgh Castle tour take?
A:Tours of Edinburgh Castle last between 30 minutes and three hours. The exact duration of your tour will depend upon which tour you book. Even if you choose the shortest available tour, allow yourself at least two hours to explore the castle.
Q:Is a tour of Edinburgh Castle worth it?
A:Yes, a tour of Edinburgh Castle is worth it. Your tour guide can fill you in on the fascinating history of one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh and share interesting facts and anecdotes you wouldn't get by exploring the castle alone.
Q:What's the best time to visit Edinburgh Castle?
A:The best time to visit Edinburgh Castle is during the spring and fall, avoiding the months of July and August when the castle and Edinburgh are very crowded. If that's not possible, aim to visit the castle as close to its opening time as possible.
Q:Is parking free at Edinburgh Castle?
A:No, parking is not free at Edinburgh Castle. There is no public parking at the castle except for a few places reserved for Blue Badge holders on the Castle Esplanade. The closest public parking is the Castle Terrace NCP parking lot, a 5-minute walk away.
Q:Can you tour the inside of Edinburgh Castle?
A:Yes, you can tour inside Edinburgh Castle, including the Great Hall and St. Margaret's Chapel. You can tour the grounds and interiors on your own by purchasing an Edinburgh Castle ticket—the castle's website lists a selection of recommended itineraries—or you can book a guided tour or rent an audio guide.
Q:Can you take pictures inside Edinburgh Castle?
A:Yes, you can take pictures inside Edinburgh Castle. However, there are a few areas where photography is not permitted, such as the Crown Room, which holds the Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny. Areas where photography is forbidden are signposted.