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Edinburgh Castle

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
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Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 668 8956
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Reviewed today via mobile

Didn't really know what to expect but touring the various areas of the castle and finding out its history is definitely recommended

Thank Jon C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The castle is a must see however don’t waste your time and money buying the skip the line ticket. You still have to wait in line and they make you send them your email confirmation as they don’t accept to scan code. Castle was so...More

Thank sminfl1127
Reviewed yesterday

Lots and lots to see, surroundings are amazing, and it has quite a few building inside the castle as well which was interesting to see. View from walls was superb.

Thank Anna Z
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Castle located at a hilltop,it welcomes you with breathtaking views from the castle walls. The 3 bridges can be seen at a distance. The castle itself has a lot of history across periods. I was enthralled by seeing the cell area, and also the overall...More

Thank samudrasarkar87
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great visit around the castle, it’s a nice place to wonder and I would recommend getting tickets beforehand. The shop is reasonable priced too compared to some places and the views alone are worth it.

Thank scotsnowy
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited Edinburgh for my wife’s birthday and booked up to visit the castle. The whole tourism thing is not our bag but we thought we’d give it a try. I’ve only given it a 4 as it wasn’t really our thing. Seeing all the...More

Thank Ncheywp
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful place for long walk. You will need some guide to tell you about every interesting place here. Monuments, pubs, restaurants and shops in close distance. Perfect place for chillout.

Thank tomash318
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful view from the outside, sadly the castle was closed when we went but it looks really amazing and worth a visit

Thank emiliasmith
Reviewed yesterday

Edinburgh Castle is well worth a visit there is plenty to do and the views are spectacular it takes about 2 to 3 hours to go around the only thing I would say is @ 17.50 it should include the tour guide but it was...More

Thank cmtthws8
Reviewed yesterday

As a proud Scot and a Historic Scotland member we as a family of 4 visited Edinburgh Castle. We visited Stirling Castle a few weeks ago and had a fabulous time. Our experience was nothing like the experience we had in Stirling. The castle was...More

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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18 September 2018|
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Response from S C B | Reviewed this property |
Suggest you pre book to avoid the queue for the tickets. On 7 Oct we queued for about 15-20mins. Not long but you don’t have to.
Isabelle M
16 September 2018|
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Response from MartyM56 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have a wheelchair van that you can request at the main gate. It will drive you up to some some of the upper parts but there are a lot of places you would not be able to get to due to the steps and very uneven... More
Pulakesh D
11 September 2018|
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Response from Peter V | Reviewed this property |
You can purchase tickets at the castle or you can purchase tickets at a reduced cost from the Hop-on Hop-off bus. This allows you to pass the line up for those trying to purchase tickets at the castle.