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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

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  • Entrance ticket to Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland's top attractions
  • Avoid the queues and head straight inside to explore at your own pace
  • Visit the tiny St Margaret's Chapel, one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
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Arrive at Edinburgh Castle any time between 9:30am - 11am. There is no time limit on your visit.
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Arrive at Edinburgh Castle any time between 11am - 12pm. There is no time limit on your visit.
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Independently explore the highlights of this historic attraction at your own pace. Bypass the entrance queue to visit St Margaret's Chapel, marvel at the Crown Jewels in the Royal Palace and discover the battles that shaped Scottish history at the on-site National War Museum. Whichever part of Scotland’s royal past intrigues you, you’re sure to find it at this imposing fortress on Castle Rock.
What to Expect
Make your way to Edinburgh Castle, an impressive fortress and military stronghold atop Castle Rock. Your ticket grants you access to the castle’s public spaces, including the National War Museum, which documents some 400 years of Scottish military history.
Learn about the bloody battles and sieges fought over Edinburgh Castle, and view Highland swords among a staggering collection of artifacts including the 19th-century Thin Red Line painting by the acclaimed Scottish artist Robert Gibb.
Perhaps explore the prisons that held French and American prisoners during the 14th-century War of Independence, when the castle was recaptured by the Scots from the English. You’ll find the Scottish Crown Jewels on display in the Royal Palace, along with the Stone of Destiny — a weathered rock upon which the early Scottish kings were enthroned. View, too, where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son.
Visit the Great Hall of James IV via Crown Square and don’t miss the stone interior of St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh.
Spend as long as you’d like visiting the castle and grounds during opening hours; most visitors find 2–3 hours to be sufficient. If you want to take a break from sightseeing, visit the Tea Rooms for traditional tea and baked snacks or visit the self-service Redcoat Café to eat and admire the views. All food and drinks are at your own expense.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

found it hard work lots of stairs hills to walk up and down tape was not that helpful or the staff if your over 60 you need to tell them they wont inform you of discount overhaul not for me maybe if your from US...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank andrew s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Comparing to Sterling Castle, Edinburgh Castle is not so worthwhile

If one can only visit one castle while in Edinburgh Scotland, I strongly recommend Sterling Castle. Sterling Castle carries much more significance in Scotland history and the castle offers much more for tourists. We learned a lot of Scottish history and enjoyed many more fantastic...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank S-C W
Reviewed 11 November 2018
Great place to visit

I took the audio tour as well and having not known the Scottish history at all prior to my visit, I definitely enjoyed the castle. Beautiful scenic views of Edinburgh from the top!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Shafaq M
Reviewed 18 October 2018
A visit to see "the Honours of Scotland"

Had an interesting visit of four and a half hours. Enjoyed seeing the "Honours of Scotland" plus the museums. watch the ball drop at Carlton Hill at the same time as the 1o'clock gun. Must admit that I prefered Stirling Castle which has so much...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank 122eleanord12
Reviewed 4 October 2018
A full day at an amazing castle

We visited this castle on 3rd October and booked in advance which made fora Speedy entrance. Picked up our headsets and followed the audio trail. It was great to do the whole tour at our own pace with the numerous museums and views to take...More

Date of experience: October 2018
6  Thank AnnieHollands
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