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Overview
Guarantee entry to one of Edinburgh’s top and most popular attractions by buying your Edinburgh Castle admission ticket in advance. On the day, beat queues at the ticket office and maximize your time exploring all that Edinburgh Castle and its grounds have to offer at your own pace, including the National War Museum, the Royal Palace, the Scottish Crown Jewels exhibit, and more.
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    Edinburgh Castle
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Head straight inside Edinburgh Castle to discover the delights of the city’s magnificent fortress, believed to date back as far as the Iron Age. Dominating Castle Rock, the castle’s prominent position meant that it quickly became an important stronghold, and countless bloody battles and sieges were fought over it. As you walk around independently, read up on some of the more notable battles that Edinburgh Castle witnessed, such as the War of Independence between the Scots and the English in the 14th century. The castle was recaptured from the English in a daring raid under the cover of darkness by the nephew of the great Scot, Robert the Bruce. Where you go inside the castle is up to you, but be sure to visit the beautifully decorated Royal Palace to see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son. The Scottish Crown Jewels are also found in this part of the castle, along with the intriguing Stone of Destiny — a weathered rock upon which the early Scottish kings were enthroned. Take a walk through Crown Square to see the Great Hall of James IV, explore the prisons that held French and American prisoners during the War of Independence, and pass through St Margaret’s Chapel. Use your ticket to enter the on-site National War Museum, where you can browse a staggering collection of artifacts that document some 400 years of Scottish military history. Highlights include a display of Highland swords and the 19th-century Thin Red Line painting by the acclaimed Scottish artist Robert Gibb. You can spend as long as you want inside the castle, however many visitors find 2–3 hours to be ample. If you want to take a break from sightseeing, visit the Tea Rooms for traditional tea and baked snacks or the self-service Redcoat Café to eat and admire the views. Both are located on the castle grounds. All food and drinks are at your own expense.
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Highlights
  • Save time on the day by buying your Edinburgh Castle admission ticket in advance
  • Wander around at your own pace instead of following strict tour schedules
  • Marvel over the Scottish Crown Jewels and see where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth
  • Visit St. Margaret’s Chapel, one of Edinburgh’s oldest buildings
Important Information
Duration
3h
Inclusions
  • Entrance fee
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Audio guide
  • Guidebook
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Last entry is 1 hour before closing
  • Please go straight to the gates to have your ticket scanned for entry. Please note: any customers who booked prior to 6th September need to go to the Group & Pre-paid ickets kiosk to exchange their voucher for a ticket
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Joanna wrote a review May 2020
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I was a bit disappointed with the castle - it makes a much better impression from the outside than from the inside. I would recommend seeing Craigmillar Castle (also in Edinburgh) instead - it's much cheaper and you have so much more fun while exploring it. It's also not that
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
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Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit to Edinburgh Castle. We take value for money very seriously. We believe there are a wealth of things to see and do at the castle. From the Crown Jewels, The One O'clock Gun and the Prisons of War to the National War Museum of Scotland, wonderful views of the city, the Royal Palace and St Margaret’s Chapel. There really is something for everyone. We even run half-hourly, free guided tours. The admission costs for Edinburgh Castle are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost not only contributes to maintaining this beautifully historic location but also contributes to preserving our 340+ sites across Scotland. We do offer excellent value membership or explorer passes for those wanting to explore a variety of locations. Thanks again for taking the time to leave feedback
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sti5brigade wrote a review May 2020
Singapore, Singapore73 contributions158 helpful votes
Came here last summer as a general visit to Edinburgh. A family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) was 66 sterling. I was expecting more... I think we covered the Castle in less than an hour. Ok so you get a good view but other than a few other features there really isnt much to the
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to review Edinburgh Castle. It was really disappointing to read that you did not enjoy your visit to our castle. We take value for money seriously and we believe there are a wealth of things to see and do at the castle. From the Crown Jewels, The One O’clock Gun and The Prisons of War exhibition to the National War Museum of Scotland, unrivaled views of the city, the Royal Palace and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh and we bring history to life through our free guided tours. We also offer a children's quiz which is available at the castle. We recommend spending at least two hours in the castle to take in everything. The admission costs for Edinburgh Castle are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost not only contributes to maintaining this beautifully historic location but also contributes to preserving our 340+ sites across Scotland. We do offer excellent value membership or explorer passes for those wanting to explore a variety of locations. Thanks again for taking the time to leave feedback.
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HilaryM096 wrote a review May 2020
Armidale, Australia19 contributions7 helpful votes
From the Royal Jewels of Scotland to Edinburghs Military History to the Royal Chambers - Edinburgh Castle is a must for any visit to Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle, the jewel of Edinburgh - a monument that stands tall above the city. I have visited Edinburgh several times and
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Date of experience: November 2019
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KodoDrummer wrote a review May 2020
Yekaterinburg, Russia61 089 contributions117 629 helpful votes
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The upper level of the castle walls offers spectacular views in all directions. This is likely why it was an excellent location for the fortress. Nice exhibits. Well maintained. We took a tour which helped us obtain information on its rich history.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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TravelinSuz wrote a review Apr 2020
Chandler, Arizona843 contributions239 helpful votes
I liked all the history and exhibits here. There’s more to see and do than the average castle. Plus the cannon
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Date of experience: May 2019
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emster25
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Must see
A must see when in Edinburgh. Lots to do and learn. Great views from the top. Great exhibitions. Would recommend pu
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RhiennaJane
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One of my favourite castles
I just love this castle up on the hill. Edinburgh is just an incredible city, if it wasn't for the cold I would hap
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chicurbanhippie
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A Castle to Experience
Beautiful castle. Worth a visit even just to see the outside. Tours if you want to go inside & like history.
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MariaCBTraveler
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One of the highlights of our trip to Edinburgh!
One of the highlights of our trip to Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle with its history and amazing views is not to be m
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MariaCBTraveler
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Great Value & Timesavings
We loved using our Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. It saved us time, allowing us to move right to the entrance at
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dizzylizzy59
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Wow what an amazing piece of history.
If you find yourself in Edinburgh with a few hours to kill, I’d certainly recommend visiting the royal castle. You
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elaishaley
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A must visit
You cannot visit Edinburgh without visiting Edinburgh castle. Buy a ticket before traveling to Scotland and print
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Darla O
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A Beauty of a Castle
This castle is definitely worth a visit. It is in downtown Edinburgh, very easy to find. There is a lot of uphill c
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Sabrinaschmid
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Great castle but expensive entry
Great castle with so much to see. I did find the castle quite expensive to get into compared to other attractions.
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Lildreamer L
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Very cool castle!
The castle is very large and there is a lot to check out. Staff working here were very friendly and helpful. It was
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LostGator09
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What a Sight!
Such a majestic site! In all fairness, we didn’t take a tour or go inside, but the hike up through the beautiful st
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DMJL54
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What a gorgeous, historic castle/museum!
We walked from our hotel on the very 1st full day in Edinburgh! We had the sunshine out which made for gorgeous pho
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Carjf5
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Well worth a visit!
I visited with my sister and two year old nephew who loves castles. The walk up to the castle is steep but the view
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nataliepaiges173
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Great visit
We knew that we had to visit the castle on our weekend trip to Edinburgh and it didn't disappoint. The enterance fe
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Chris A
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Great Castle to Explore
There was so much to see at the castle. As it was March, there were not too many people visiting, so it was quite e
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  • Duration: 3h
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