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Scotland's Capital Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe. Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city, it is sure to capture your imagination.

Edinburgh Castle is alive with exciting tales of its time as a military fortress, royal residence and prison of war. When you climb Castle Hill, you will walk in the footsteps of soldiers, kings and queens – and even the odd pirate or two.

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Edinburgh Castle
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Telegdy BalazsTelegdy Balazs

07:58 08 Jul 24

Kitiphong S.Kitiphong S.

23:40 07 Jul 24
Book tickets in advance only. To guarantee that you will definitely get in Go to the front, take the QR code from the mail and scan it, enter your name and phone number, the machine will issue a ticket and hand it to the staff to scan. Then you can walk in.

Nick Reynolds TranNick Reynolds Tran

21:54 07 Jul 24
Wasn’t able to enter. Very touristy and fully booked. But is awesome to view from the exterior.

Marisa BatalimMarisa Batalim

21:46 07 Jul 24
It's really worth it, the biggest castle I've ever seen. Lots of history, all very preserved

Valery BitsoevValery Bitsoev

21:44 07 Jul 24
It is a very interesting place, The audio guide for 3.5 pounds is amazing.

Jayson MyersJayson Myers

00:05 27 Jun 24

Merin FebinMerin Febin

22:07 26 Jun 24

Alla SimonAlla Simon

21:25 26 Jun 24

alex malex m

20:35 26 Jun 24

Jeff GloverJeff Glover

20:15 26 Jun 24

Alessia CapAlessia Cap

08:10 17 Jun 24

josh blackjosh black

07:59 17 Jun 24

Imanuel PratnaImanuel Pratna

06:59 17 Jun 24

Paul CostaaPaul Costaa

01:26 17 Jun 24

Sarafyna ForbesSarafyna Forbes

00:49 17 Jun 24
The castle was absolutely gorgeous. The only bad thing was there's way too many to many people.

BILL BOULEBILL BOULE

08:25 05 Jun 24
Very nice, very self-guided visit (no compulsory direction to follow, except for the crown jewels). There were a lot of tourists).

Frederic MorrisFrederic Morris

08:19 05 Jun 24
Rained all day, still had a blast. Excellent way to spend the morning.

Zwie ZebraZwie Zebra

08:14 05 Jun 24
Always worth a visit

Holdsugár KatalinHoldsugár Katalin

08:05 05 Jun 24
We only admired it from the outside, because there was a long line inside, we didn't have time to wait. But it's beautiful from the outside!

Isabella HelmecziIsabella Helmeczi

08:00 05 Jun 24
The online ticket acquisition process was smooth and we entered the castle at 15:40. If I pay the full ticket price, I assume that I have access to see everything within the castle until the 6 PM closing time. However, the individual museums within the castle had independent operating hours, and I missed out on some of them due to this. This was disappointing and put a damper on the experience. Despite this, I would still recommend visiting the castle as it is beautiful. I would, however, encourage visitors to go in the first part of the day to ensure they have the chance to see everything.

Andreas PetermannAndreas Petermann

05:54 24 May 24

Spiers SlaapcomfortSpiers Slaapcomfort

05:19 24 May 24

maciek spigarskimaciek spigarski

22:44 23 May 24

Dave HillDave Hill

21:49 23 May 24
Edinburgh Castle is not what most Americans think of as a castle. Yes, there are parapets and portcullises. But there are also cannon, some of them deeply medieval, some of them very recent. And there are rooms full of swords and pikes, and others with the Royal Jewels. And whiskey tasting. And soldiers. In addition to being an historic relic, the castle retains elements of much more recent past, from the National War Museum, to the National War Memorial, to ongoing events like the Tattoo.The result is something of a jumble, but entertaining and informative in a variety of ways. It's a history book with pages that reach all the way to the present.Worth the cost and time investment. Take your time, and enjoy the various features.

Richard TitcombeRichard Titcombe

08:00 13 May 24

Nadine BeloNadine Belo

07:55 13 May 24

Guenther KreuzpaintnerGuenther Kreuzpaintner

06:39 13 May 24

If you find yourself in Edinburgh it is in the top three things you must do. It has entrance unlike other Museums which are free and you have to book visits and tickets online only. Do not attempt to go without a reservation there is no way you will get in. However, if you have tickets and there are not many people, you can enter earlier. There are plenty of places to visit and in some, like the vault, you will find an extra waiting line. Most places are interesting and worth spending at least two hours. The view is magical. When the king is in the castle, which is the case, there are additional restrictions. The British flag at the main entrance will inform you of this.

Andrew PerryAndrew Perry

05:57 13 May 24
Such an iconic landmark, this place does not disappoint. Castle tour tells the interesting history of this impressive structure. With artisan produce to sample and buy.

Dorota S.Dorota S.

05:08 05 May 24

aviavi 1010aviavi 1010

00:47 05 May 24
Nice and historical place to create memories

Amanda DaughertyAmanda Daugherty

00:20 05 May 24
A must! Absolutely beautiful with magnificent views of the city, so much history and The Honours of Scotland are fascinating.

Woaden CraftsmanWoaden Craftsman

22:32 04 May 24
Book in advance

Arun ThomasArun Thomas

22:24 04 May 24
Good castle experience

kim hammondkim hammond

08:06 23 Apr 24
My brother was married here and it was the most beautiful day and amazing place .

Deco WardDeco Ward

07:07 23 Apr 24

Karen SmithKaren Smith

07:04 23 Apr 24
It was an amazing visit. Was there for the firing of the gun. The whole place is full of interesting tales and artefacts , would definitely recommend a visit. Book tickets online. Loads for kids to see

Jean-Paul DelageJean-Paul Delage

07:03 23 Apr 24
A must-see historic and very touristy place, numerous souvenir shops, public toilets.

Corinna M.Corinna M.

06:54 23 Apr 24
A must on an Edinburgh city trip. Great view, interesting information. Good weather is recommended, it's incredibly drafty here!

Phil HitchingsPhil Hitchings

07:58 11 Apr 24
Pre booked tickets on line only. Your e ticket will probably end up in your spam folder.

Ym WongYm Wong

06:53 11 Apr 24
put on a pair of good walking shoes,bring something for the weather.if u manage ur way to the top u r rewarded with a splendid view

Roco SerafinoRoco Serafino

05:56 11 Apr 24
Very beautiful landscape

Leslie RochaLeslie Rocha

03:44 11 Apr 24

Sharan SoulSharan Soul

22:07 10 Apr 24

Chris TaylorChris Taylor

08:36 29 Mar 24

Kaitlyn BertholdKaitlyn Berthold

08:01 29 Mar 24
Tickets always sell out day of, so make sure to buy them a few days before hand. There is so much to see that you will be there for hours! Nice, affordable cafe on site

You can't leave Edinburgh without visiting its iconic Castle, a lot to explore inside, and incredible views of the city.

Christoph GrassmuggChristoph Grassmugg

05:24 29 Mar 24

Philip ProcterPhilip Procter

05:01 17 Mar 24
Amazing piece of history - smaller than you think!

Brad CrossBrad Cross

20:02 16 Mar 24

John GallandJohn Galland

19:04 16 Mar 24
A must visit in Edinburgh

Anita KeatingAnita Keating

18:31 16 Mar 24

André FernandesAndré Fernandes

23:00 07 Mar 24

Asad JanAsad Jan

21:49 07 Mar 24

Er.Nirav PatelEr.Nirav Patel

20:58 07 Mar 24

C LyC Ly

20:24 07 Mar 24
Took a guided tour. Our guide was great. It was raining but still great experience. We went in time to see the 1PM canon.

George AdamsGeorge Adams

19:18 07 Mar 24
Jeez it's the Capital. What's not to like about a Scottish Castle on an extinct volcano.

Alessio ballaniAlessio ballani

08:06 25 Feb 24

Natasha FernandezNatasha Fernandez

08:04 25 Feb 24

Jean CharbonnierJean Charbonnier

03:41 25 Feb 24

Bruno BrunoBruno Bruno

22:04 24 Feb 24
Very beautiful place full of history, several points to visit, such as the prison, the royal jewels, a chapel etc...

Arthur PinterArthur Pinter

08:51 01 Feb 24
The castle is worth visiting! Allow 1 hour 30 minutes to visit each building. The king's jewels are worth seeing! A beautiful monument to the soldiers who fell during the different wars too.I advise !Cannon fire at 1 p.m. for the bravest.

BingjieBingjie

08:04 01 Feb 24

Araz Aliyev (arazmed)Araz Aliyev (arazmed)

01:43 01 Feb 24
Feeling the history in evry step. But seems little bit expensive

Bushra TarekBushra Tarek

23:57 31 Jan 24
Wonderful atmosphere

Quim GenerQuim Gener

23:44 31 Jan 24

Inea TeptaInea Tepta

04:52 25 Jan 24
It looks like an old place worth exploring. But it is recommended to reserve tickets in advance.

Matthew VercantMatthew Vercant

04:41 25 Jan 24
Great views of the city! Castle has an incredible amount of information packed into the tour, and while the guided tours looked fun, they also looked crowded. We did the self-guided one, and were glad to be able to break away and take a breather and just appreciate some of the architecture at our own pace. Very busy so plan ahead

EduardoEduardo

03:54 25 Jan 24

Tyshan BrownTyshan Brown

01:58 25 Jan 24
Edinburgh Castle is a highlight of any trip to Scotland. Perched on a rock, it offers stunning views of Edinburgh and beyond. The castle is steeped in history, from the Crown Jewels to the Stone of Destiny. The guided tours are insightful, and wandering through the old chambers and halls feels like stepping back in time. The cannon firing at 1 pm is a tradition not to be missed. It's busy, but the experience is worth it. A true gem of Scottish heritage

yan chenyan chen

21:09 24 Jan 24

Mohammed elouardiMohammed elouardi

07:55 18 Jan 24
It is a really beautiful place with a wonderful view and worth a visit

Karin S.Karin S.

23:25 17 Jan 24
Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage.

ConstantConstant

21:23 17 Jan 24

Carlota MoleroCarlota Molero

21:21 17 Jan 24
Very nice, worth seeing.

Bob TaylorBob Taylor

19:46 17 Jan 24
Very interesting. Recommend having a guide. Steep inclines so good shoes needed.

Lella AlbertiLella Alberti

08:00 11 Jan 24

raffaraffa

06:49 11 Jan 24

T. NixT. Nix

02:40 11 Jan 24
Blows my mind this castle is built on a volcano.

Ann RoyAnn Roy

01:37 11 Jan 24

Sarvesh SonarSarvesh Sonar

23:54 10 Jan 24

Viktor MajzikViktor Majzik

08:26 04 Jan 24

Joel SerranoJoel Serrano

05:44 04 Jan 24

Udit ChalihaUdit Chaliha

00:12 04 Jan 24

LarisaLarisa

23:52 03 Jan 24

Faisal AlmshaighFaisal Almshaigh

23:48 03 Jan 24

piorunspioruns

07:50 29 Dec 23

Marcela MatticeMarcela Mattice

04:56 29 Dec 23
Compared to other castles I've toured in the UK this was just ok. Great views of the city.

Sebas GonzalezSebas Gonzalez

00:33 29 Dec 23

Špela BenetŠpela Benet

23:31 28 Dec 23

oluwasegun asaoluoluwasegun asaolu

22:56 28 Dec 23
A beautiful place to visit often.

Matheen PashaMatheen Pasha

06:46 22 Dec 23

Metta DawsonMetta Dawson

04:36 22 Dec 23

Rita Domiciano BorovacRita Domiciano Borovac

01:33 22 Dec 23

Ilaria SquariseIlaria Squarise

23:15 21 Dec 23

Andrew StocksAndrew Stocks

08:01 15 Dec 23
A very wet and windy day shortened our visit. Nevertheless this is a fabulous castle to visit. Great views, historic and audio guide was amazing.

Konstantinos LiontosKonstantinos Liontos

07:47 15 Dec 23

Carlos FernandezCarlos Fernandez

07:21 15 Dec 23

EvanEvan

23:50 14 Dec 23
Obviously touristy, but an incredible walk back in times past.

Paul CollinsPaul Collins

23:08 14 Dec 23
Need 4 hours at least to see it alll

Doing it DownunderDoing it Downunder

06:40 08 Dec 23

Enoch OlaludeEnoch Olalude

02:43 08 Dec 23
I quite like this Castle, as it 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 attraction. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O’ Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. Entry and admission are not free however, but you can take photos outside the castle free of charge.

Nazmus SakibNazmus Sakib

01:44 08 Dec 23

Armenian AmazonArmenian Amazon

22:47 07 Dec 23
Great way to spend a day! Beautiful scenery, a dog memorial, crown jewels were great too.

Isabel RoblasIsabel Roblas

21:48 07 Dec 23
I thought it was very expensive at £22 a ticket. And if it's for the views you have incredible ones from Cartón Hill

Isjuaedi EdiIsjuaedi Edi

03:37 29 Nov 23

Francesca S.Francesca S.

00:27 29 Nov 23

daniel christensendaniel christensen

22:17 28 Nov 23
Wish they let you see more.

Moisès Figols RialMoisès Figols Rial

21:35 28 Nov 23

Susan StephenSusan Stephen

08:38 19 Nov 23

Ray PriceRay Price

08:28 19 Nov 23

Rainer RohmRainer Rohm

08:24 19 Nov 23
Nice complex with good views of the city and the surrounding area.Many small exhibitions about the history of the city and the country.You can also buy the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.view.

Abu hurairaAbu huraira

06:16 19 Nov 23
It's a historic castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. It stands on Castle Rock, which has been occupied by humans since at least the Iron Age. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. From the 15th century, the castle's residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison. Its importance as a part of Scotland's national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early 19th century onwards.

Jardel MoraisJardel Morais

03:59 19 Nov 23
A very good experience with so much history from Scotland

Georgios KaravidasGeorgios Karavidas

08:19 07 Nov 23

Dean ArnoldDean Arnold

08:11 07 Nov 23
Staff are arrogant and lazy. Arrived at opening time to be told that all tickets were sold out. Enquired about possible online tickets and told they were also sold out. It was off season and there was little activity at 9h30 in the morning. Something about the cavalier response made me go online anyway and I found ample tickets were available, meanwhile they were turning away disappointed tourists. I purchased tickets and then went and spoke to the "guide" who had told me to come back tomorrow and informed him that there were many tickets available and he should be sure of his facts before turning people away. His response was a sarcastic "well done to you", at which point I lost my sense of humor and told him he was being bloody arrogant! Apparently this is abuse and I was now denied entry for swearing at him. His manger then came over and told me bloody is a swear word and he was considering not letting me in. I realized straight away that they were just looking to be hostile and I had lost interest in entering "their" castle and requested my entry fee back. He apparently didn't have the authority to give it back, but somehow had the authority to deny access. Sounded a lot like fraud to me! Anyway I contacted my bank and they reversed the £56 pound fee and I took my family off for a nice meal. My advice for what it's worth, look at the castle from the outside and avoid the poorly trained, pompous, entitled and apparently delicate staff who then also informed me that I had ruined his day! I guess myself and the others he turned away that morning should not really have roused him from leaning against his ticket hut that morning!

Marta KovacovaMarta Kovacova

07:05 07 Nov 23

61 morcos61 morcos

06:23 07 Nov 23

Linda HummerstoneLinda Hummerstone

07:25 30 Oct 23

Emil YovchevEmil Yovchev

07:13 30 Oct 23

Ignacio NogueraIgnacio Noguera

06:43 30 Oct 23
It is advisable to take the tour with a guide, so as not to miss details and anecdotes about the castle.

Malte WeberMalte Weber

05:09 30 Oct 23

Apatsidis DimitriosApatsidis Dimitrios

02:48 30 Oct 23
History is in , very excellent quality ❤️‍🔥

Tracy MartinTracy Martin

02:21 21 Oct 23

Anubbhav GuptaAnubbhav Gupta

19:36 20 Oct 23

Jen.Jen.

19:22 20 Oct 23
Well worth the visit, loads of history to discover.

Vijay AdityaVijay Aditya

18:44 20 Oct 23

Benjamin ReidBenjamin Reid

18:39 20 Oct 23

WaqasWaqas

07:28 12 Oct 23
Beautiful.Such a great experience, perfect at night on a weekday. Relatively quiet and just surreal

Jurģis KarulisJurģis Karulis

06:51 12 Oct 23
Edinburgh Castle is one of the best (also one of the most popular, I guess) attractions in Scotland. Even if you are not a history fan and do not want to read or listen to all the historical data you can still enjoy some of the best views of the city from the top. There are quite a few spots to go to. There is a lot of walking up and down involved, so be prepared. But since most likely there will be a lot of pitstops for photo ops you will have time to rest.Royal Crown Jewels are central place that usually gets crowded and there is quite a lot of queueing. You should be ready to wait ~30 minutes to get in.We walked pretty fast and did not cover everything, but it still took a little over 2 hours here. If you really want to soak in and see everything that castle offers you should probably spend here around 3-4 hours.

ilaria follegattiilaria follegatti

06:26 12 Oct 23

Kerttu UusitaloKerttu Uusitalo

05:46 12 Oct 23
An interesting and wonderful place. It can happen again.We were on a skip-the-line tour, where the guide told us about the castle buildings in the courtyard.A very popular destination, so I recommend buying tickets in advance.

Andrzej KrykwinskiAndrzej Krykwinski

05:29 12 Oct 23

Bill VertucciBill Vertucci

07:53 02 Oct 23
Must do!Get a guide through little fish tours, they were really great!

anj donaldanj donald

06:00 02 Oct 23
A must visit if you visit edinburgh, very interesting historical place. I had booked for the wrong day but a lovely gentleman sorted my tickets and time for me so I still got to visit

Suneela KolluriSuneela Kolluri

05:58 02 Oct 23

John OlsonJohn Olson

04:59 02 Oct 23
An amazing place to visit. Up to 700 years of Scottish history. We booked a 2pm afternoon 1.5hr guided tour, then stayed on to visit the Scottish National War Memorial and several museums, all within the castle. Overalll, 3hrs was not enough. I recommend at least 4 to 5, so get in by 12noon to get best benefit of seeing all attractions.

Nathasha WijesingheNathasha Wijesinghe

02:49 27 Sep 23
Recommend to buy tickets earlier if you are planning to do others things in Edinburgh the same day. If not you will have to wait 4-5hrs waiting for your booked time.Castle is huge and there are lot of things to explore. It’ll take at least 4-5hrs to finish exploring everything. Don’t miss anything. The view from the castle is amazing.

Gema ElviraGema Elvira

23:14 26 Sep 23

Michelle McTearMichelle McTear

20:54 26 Sep 23

aymeric Boninaymeric Bonin

20:53 26 Sep 23
Magnificent castle! A must see

Tato PrinsiTato Prinsi

20:27 26 Sep 23
Epic

Adalberto Del ValleAdalberto Del Valle

04:51 18 Sep 23
A dream come true. Super interesting well maintained

Pixie UhronPixie Uhron

03:45 18 Sep 23
Sweeping views.Amazing pieces of history.

Sumanta MallickSumanta Mallick

00:24 18 Sep 23

Phillip CowandPhillip Cowand

23:45 17 Sep 23
Very interesting castle set at the end of the Royal Mile. Great views from up top. Interesting stories.

Sadek MiahSadek Miah

22:08 17 Sep 23
Absolutely epic in every sheer sense of the word. There is a reason why this castle is world renowned and once you step into the hallowed grounds, you instantly feel transported back into an important part of Scottish history and let's be honest, the history of Scotland really could fill a thousand books each day of the year. There's so much to see - guided tours, crown jewels, museums, café, prison renditions, objects from the past made available in the present day - you'll be here for hours on end and it still won't be enough to see the epic scale of absolutely everything on offer. If you do happen to be in this historical city you simply must book a day to visit here - it's grand in scale and astonishing in every way possible. A colossal crown in the storied history of Scotland.

Arijit ChakrabarttyArijit Chakrabartty

23:50 10 Sep 23

Morningside TechnologyMorningside Technology

22:20 10 Sep 23
Good

Joao OtavioJoao Otavio

22:03 10 Sep 23

Bobby DexBobby Dex

21:58 10 Sep 23
It takes about 2-3 hrs at least for a visit. Good presentation

niki barrettoniki barretto

03:57 03 Sep 23

Sergio LucioSergio Lucio

00:23 03 Sep 23

Young KimYoung Kim

00:03 03 Sep 23
This castle provides great city view to visitors.It is where the history of the most conflicts in centuries has been breathed due to the war between England and Scotland.The castle is a rugged fortress without a single tree, and it is said that it was once all destroyed and rebuilt.

An absolutely great day out. You can easily spend the whole day here. You definitely need to book in advance to avoid disappointment. We signed up for Historic Scotland Memberships and it's made visiting the Castle, so much more worthwhile. The value for money with the membership is great, as you get discounts on food and gift shops.

David RosenmanDavid Rosenman

13:08 11 Aug 23
Stunning views an insightful audio guide. Beautiful castle grounds highly recommend to anyone visiting. Be sure to book ahead as it's fully booked today and seems like it is everyday. My parents were on a British isles cruise few months ago and came the day of hoping to visit but were turned away due to being booked to capacity.

SheSingsSheSings

23:25 08 Aug 23
This is an absolutely beautiful castle! It has so much history behind it so I suggest getting a tour guide or getting one of the headphone ones. There was no wait getting in and the crowds were manageable. The castle will give you a beautiful view of Edinburgh so if you are wanting some rich history and great views, this is definitely the spot!

aliamboaliambo

20:53 03 Aug 23
Would definitely recommend visiting. Going with a guide with a small group was great. There is so much history and many interesting things to see. The scenery from the highest point is beautiful! I would recommend buying the skip the line tickets in advance as it was quite busy when we did go.

LZ JonesLZ Jones

02:02 29 Jul 23
Absolutely amazing! I suggest going early in the morning, you'll want to stay all day quite easily. Plus the line to get in had no wait, as we were leaving in the afternoon it was quite the line coming in.Make sure you buy tickets online at least a few days in advance or more, cause it definitely sells out.The 1 O'clock gun is really cool, find a spot a little higher above the gun before 1, as it gets really crowded quickly and you'll miss it. They do take off the area around the gun, so there's a safe space for them to fire it.Take your time and read the information and use the audio guide, definitely worth the few bucks to rent it.The memorial for all their fallen Scotsmen in battle is stunning. Be respectful in such a sacred place.The Red Coat Cafe has absolutely amazing food!Get the Swiss cake roll.....ooooh delicious!!! Plus they have vegan and gluten free options, which made for a very happy little guy of mine.Awesome history in this place, so thankful it's been so well taken care of!

Vicky DunbarVicky Dunbar

19:43 28 Jul 23
Book tickets in advance as you're not guaranteed entry if you just turn up. The website is easy to use, there are many time slots to choose from and you get a long window to arrive within. This place is truly spectacular and there is so much to see on site that you could spend much longer here than you'll plan for. St Margarets Chapel is small but the stained glass is beautiful. The Crown Jewels are well worth the queue and were the highlight for me until I entered the Scottish National War Memorial building. Absolutely amazing! The Regimental museums and National War museum are glorious, so much information and memorabilia. Be sure to be on time for the one o'clock gun! The Great Hall is fabulous, the ceiling alone! The replicas of Mary Queen of Scots embroideries are exquisite so don't miss those. You'll really appreciate the amount of work that's went into them. There are plenty of toilets around and cafes to stop for coffee and a snack. We spent a good 3 hours here and probably still missed things

Amanda BarnesAmanda Barnes

09:30 17 Jul 23
Went to watch The Who what a fantastic venue. From our seats we had a perfect view even if people got up and danced. The sound was amazing. Stairs got very slippy due to the rain but if you took the hand rails it was fine. 5 star venue.

ataliaatalia

15:49 15 Jul 23
You need to book the tickets early as they can sell out fast. I bought my ticket from the city bus tours which guarantees you access to the castle. Great place to visit to know more about the history in Edinburgh. The audio guide was an additional 3.50£. It is good to have it as you will be able to hear the stories and history for different parts of the castle. The view was great as you can overlook the city towards the new town.

Josh MahonJosh Mahon

19:25 11 Jul 23
Great castle.. very busy with tour groups. Definitely recommend booking anyways. Plenty of informatio. Spent over 1.5 hours here, well worth it. Queue for the Crown Jewels as well so be prepared if you want to see them. Well worth the visit!

Christian MasciChristian Masci

12:53 09 Jul 23
Edinburgh Castle is an absolute must-visit when exploring Scotland's capital city. Perched atop Castle Rock, it offers a breathtaking panorama of Edinburgh's skyline. Stepping inside, you're immediately immersed in centuries of history. The castle's architecture is awe-inspiring, and its well-preserved structures, like the Crown Jewels and St. Margaret's Chapel, are captivating. The guided tour takes you on a fascinating journey through the castle's turbulent past, including its role in the Wars of Independence. The views from the battlements are simply mesmerizing, allowing you to appreciate the city's beauty from a different perspective. Edinburgh Castle is a historical marvel that leaves you in awe and offers an unforgettable experience. Would definitely go back just to relive the experience again.

Andrew TyrrellAndrew Tyrrell

09:28 05 Jul 23
Well this is probably the reason you came to Edinburgh in the first place and is well worth the visit. Make sure you get to see the one o'clock gun fire (check the days it is fired). Plenty to see and do in the castle grounds and the views over the city are excellent. Incredibly interesting history to be explored and a must see in Edinburgh city.

Awesome place to visit. You need a good solid 2-3 hours to walk around and enjoy the place and see everything. Great cafe as well and if you want high tea book in advance. We made the mistake of not booking and there were no places left on the day for a walk in.

Jake RobinsJake Robins

10:53 28 Jun 23
Fun place to check out if you’re from out of town! It’s set up as much more of a museum than castle ruins/remains. Buy tickets on Historic Scotland website a few days in advance.

Natalia CzarneckaNatalia Czarnecka

21:04 25 Jun 23
Cool castle. The views of it from around the city are something like out of a fantasy movie and views from the castle onto the city and the area are vast and beautiful. Inside the castle you'll find plenty of attractions such as the one o'clock gun, which is fired off ever day except Sunday - that attraction gets busy. There are dungeons and chapels, the crown jewels are a sight to see. You can walk around the castle walls, take pictures with canons and have a look inside the armory (they also have a trebuchet in one of the buildings). There are plenty of gifts shops, cafes and a whisky experience. Worth the climb to the top of the hill to explore the castle and truly take in the history.

Keri SmithKeri Smith

18:48 23 Jun 23
I can't say personally that I was overwhelmed by this place. Staff were super helpful and there's definitely a lot of interesting things to see but like with any tourist attraction it is very busy. Definitely book tickets in advance as they sell out super quickly. I wouldn't recommend this as somewhere for little ones as there's a lot of walking up hill and uneven surface and not a lot for them to do. Fantastic views over Edinburgh, and I'm sure an enjoyable day out for others.

Shankar RamaswamyShankar Ramaswamy

08:48 23 Jun 23
Historic castle that offers panoramic views of Edinburgh and the countryside. The castle also has a lot of beautiful buildings many of which house extensive historic displays. The historic displays are focused entirely on military and warfare related themes which can get tedious after a while. Summer crowds make it somewhat difficult to navigate some of the tighter spaces in the castle so try to avoid busy times if you can. Advance booking is highly recommended - you may in for a disappointment otherwise during the busy summer season.

Chace GuildChace Guild

12:03 01 Jun 23
Excellent venue for the annual Royal Military Tattoo as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.I’ve attended the Tattoo twice now, several years apart, and it has yet to disappoint as a spectacle of military bands and marching prowess. The coordination involved is incredible, especially at the culmination of the show with the massed pipes and drums.The castle itself sits ominously over the city centre, being visible for miles around and at several points around city. Several nice walks are available around the grounds and up to the front gates, affording plenty of opportunities for photographers.

PhilippPhilipp

22:54 26 Mar 23
Definitely worth the ticket.You can buy tickets online a bit cheaper and book Entry slots.Definitely plan a visit around the gun shooting scheduled at 1pm every day.It is a beautiful castle and the information is not overwhelming and Museum like. Especially the exhibition in the end. Very well kept up. And the view of the city is amazing from here

Northern WanderersNorthern Wanderers

07:36 28 Dec 22
Amazing place. It has lots of open areas and you visit the “rooms”, cathedral and others. It is like a little old town with lots of history. Very different to other traditional castles in the UK. I absolutely loved it.The view is stunning. It is worth a visit and even better if clear sky.We also visited the Royal military tattoo that was on. Great show! A must if you ask me! Castle costs around £20 and the show is around £60-70

Elliott MitchellElliott Mitchell

18:54 28 Sep 22
Beautiful site, truly a jewel of Scotland. (Tourist review) my wife and I were traveling from the US, and ended up with Edinburgh as our itinerary for a Wednesday. I had heard about long lines and some unavailability, so I purchased the Scottish Historical society Explorer pass, and a reservation for 1:00 to view the castle. We arrived in time and were able to walk right in, showing the explorer pass. Very smooth! It was a bit rainy off and on, but there were plenty of buildings to step inside of and every shop had umbrellas for sale. The castle exhibits were a bit more modern than we expected, focusing mostly on 1600’s onwards but we loved the Scottish war museum and the individual regiment museums. A good variety of artifacts and information. We enjoyed the great hall and the views from the cannon battery’s immensely. I didn’t see too much content specifically for kids, but it was filled with such beautiful views of architecture and cool artifacts I think people of all ages could appreciate the castle!It took us 4 hours to see everything, stopping for lunch and taking photos, but not waiting in lines

Daniele FleurDaniele Fleur

14:55 05 Sep 22
Amazing place. It has lots of open areas and you visit the “rooms”, cathedral and others. It is like a little old town with lots of history. Very different to other traditional castles in the UK. I absolutely loved it.The view is stunning. It is worth a visit and even better if clear sky.

Mike BraccioMike Braccio

16:52 26 Aug 22
Great place. Some hints for your visit.1. Prepay ticket and arrive 10 minutes prior to time on ticket.2. Buy tickets before 1pm or 1300 so you can view the 1pm cannon firing. Make sure to find a spot to view the firingat least by 1245. Most. Good spots will be taken by then3.There are several museums/areas on the castle grounds. A few of them are the Prison, National war museum and Royal Scots Dragoon.I found them to be nice and worth the time to spend exploring.4. Bathrooms are available and first one as you enter on the left hand side.5. The Scottish jewels was the longest wait of all places.6. The have audio tours you can purchase to the right of the entrance if that is something you are interested in.7. I would give myself at least 2 hours for museums and touring the castle.8. Highly recommended

Cole ClarkCole Clark

01:23 10 Jul 22
I loved every second of this place, due to our flight we booked the last ticket of the day and we didn't get to see everything we wanted to see so I suggest booking an earlier ticket of the day, I know at 1 o'clock they fire guns which would be cool to see. Also there was a lot of people being turned away because they sell out of tickets so be sure to book them in advance. The Scotland crown jewels were impressive and the war memorials were moving.

Sarah SumsionSarah Sumsion

00:04 27 Apr 22
Loved this castle!! You are free to roam in the order you want and to see inside buildings as you desire. Not 100% accessible, but you could spend hours there! We liked going earlier cause it was less crowded. You can stay as long as you want, so later in the day the crowds just grow. Lots of military museum spaces. Enthusiasts will love it! No pics allowed when viewing the Crown Jewels, nor in one other memorial building for deceased servicemen. Everything else is fine for pics. Great picture ops everywhere! Incredible view! We went in April and the wind made it quite cold so dress warm!

Rodney DassRodney Dass

09:07 25 Mar 22
Phenomenal castle with truly spectacular views. Most castle areas are accessible and there are many interesting artifacts and items of historical significance. It will take you a good 2-3 hrs to finish exploring the castle. A must visit is the national Scottish war museum.

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Tickets often sell out far in advance, especially over the summer months. Book your tickets online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry. Once tickets are sold out online, there will be no further tickets available at the castle.

  • 1 April to 30 September: 9.30am - 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm)
  • 1 October to 31 March: 9.30am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)

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.

1 January - the castle will open at the later time of 11am.

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    • Monty's Guide
      December 20, 2022 at 7:28 pm
      Edinburgh Castle
      4.6
      Based on 93238 reviews
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      Telegdy BalazsTelegdy Balazs

      07:58 08 Jul 24

      Kitiphong S.Kitiphong S.

      23:40 07 Jul 24
      Book tickets in advance only. To guarantee that you will definitely get in Go to the front, take the QR code from the mail and scan it, enter your name and phone number, the machine will issue a ticket and hand it to the staff to scan. Then you can walk in.

      Nick Reynolds TranNick Reynolds Tran

      21:54 07 Jul 24
      Wasn’t able to enter. Very touristy and fully booked. But is awesome to view from the exterior.

      Marisa BatalimMarisa Batalim

      21:46 07 Jul 24
      It's really worth it, the biggest castle I've ever seen. Lots of history, all very preserved

      Valery BitsoevValery Bitsoev

      21:44 07 Jul 24
      It is a very interesting place, The audio guide for 3.5 pounds is amazing.

      Jayson MyersJayson Myers

      00:05 27 Jun 24

      Merin FebinMerin Febin

      22:07 26 Jun 24

      Alla SimonAlla Simon

      21:25 26 Jun 24

      alex malex m

      20:35 26 Jun 24

      Jeff GloverJeff Glover

      20:15 26 Jun 24

      Alessia CapAlessia Cap

      08:10 17 Jun 24

      josh blackjosh black

      07:59 17 Jun 24

      Imanuel PratnaImanuel Pratna

      06:59 17 Jun 24

      Paul CostaaPaul Costaa

      01:26 17 Jun 24

      Sarafyna ForbesSarafyna Forbes

      00:49 17 Jun 24
      The castle was absolutely gorgeous. The only bad thing was there's way too many to many people.

      BILL BOULEBILL BOULE

      08:25 05 Jun 24
      Very nice, very self-guided visit (no compulsory direction to follow, except for the crown jewels). There were a lot of tourists).

      Frederic MorrisFrederic Morris

      08:19 05 Jun 24
      Rained all day, still had a blast. Excellent way to spend the morning.

      Zwie ZebraZwie Zebra

      08:14 05 Jun 24
      Always worth a visit

      Holdsugár KatalinHoldsugár Katalin

      08:05 05 Jun 24
      We only admired it from the outside, because there was a long line inside, we didn't have time to wait. But it's beautiful from the outside!

      Isabella HelmecziIsabella Helmeczi

      08:00 05 Jun 24
      The online ticket acquisition process was smooth and we entered the castle at 15:40. If I pay the full ticket price, I assume that I have access to see everything within the castle until the 6 PM closing time. However, the individual museums within the castle had independent operating hours, and I missed out on some of them due to this. This was disappointing and put a damper on the experience. Despite this, I would still recommend visiting the castle as it is beautiful. I would, however, encourage visitors to go in the first part of the day to ensure they have the chance to see everything.

      Andreas PetermannAndreas Petermann

      05:54 24 May 24

      Spiers SlaapcomfortSpiers Slaapcomfort

      05:19 24 May 24

      maciek spigarskimaciek spigarski

      22:44 23 May 24

      Dave HillDave Hill

      21:49 23 May 24
      Edinburgh Castle is not what most Americans think of as a castle. Yes, there are parapets and portcullises. But there are also cannon, some of them deeply medieval, some of them very recent. And there are rooms full of swords and pikes, and others with the Royal Jewels. And whiskey tasting. And soldiers. In addition to being an historic relic, the castle retains elements of much more recent past, from the National War Museum, to the National War Memorial, to ongoing events like the Tattoo.The result is something of a jumble, but entertaining and informative in a variety of ways. It's a history book with pages that reach all the way to the present.Worth the cost and time investment. Take your time, and enjoy the various features.

      Richard TitcombeRichard Titcombe

      08:00 13 May 24

      Nadine BeloNadine Belo

      07:55 13 May 24

      Guenther KreuzpaintnerGuenther Kreuzpaintner

      06:39 13 May 24

      If you find yourself in Edinburgh it is in the top three things you must do. It has entrance unlike other Museums which are free and you have to book visits and tickets online only. Do not attempt to go without a reservation there is no way you will get in. However, if you have tickets and there are not many people, you can enter earlier. There are plenty of places to visit and in some, like the vault, you will find an extra waiting line. Most places are interesting and worth spending at least two hours. The view is magical. When the king is in the castle, which is the case, there are additional restrictions. The British flag at the main entrance will inform you of this.

      Andrew PerryAndrew Perry

      05:57 13 May 24
      Such an iconic landmark, this place does not disappoint. Castle tour tells the interesting history of this impressive structure. With artisan produce to sample and buy.

      Dorota S.Dorota S.

      05:08 05 May 24

      aviavi 1010aviavi 1010

      00:47 05 May 24
      Nice and historical place to create memories

      Amanda DaughertyAmanda Daugherty

      00:20 05 May 24
      A must! Absolutely beautiful with magnificent views of the city, so much history and The Honours of Scotland are fascinating.

      Woaden CraftsmanWoaden Craftsman

      22:32 04 May 24
      Book in advance

      Arun ThomasArun Thomas

      22:24 04 May 24
      Good castle experience

      kim hammondkim hammond

      08:06 23 Apr 24
      My brother was married here and it was the most beautiful day and amazing place .

      Deco WardDeco Ward

      07:07 23 Apr 24

      Karen SmithKaren Smith

      07:04 23 Apr 24
      It was an amazing visit. Was there for the firing of the gun. The whole place is full of interesting tales and artefacts , would definitely recommend a visit. Book tickets online. Loads for kids to see

      Jean-Paul DelageJean-Paul Delage

      07:03 23 Apr 24
      A must-see historic and very touristy place, numerous souvenir shops, public toilets.

      Corinna M.Corinna M.

      06:54 23 Apr 24
      A must on an Edinburgh city trip. Great view, interesting information. Good weather is recommended, it's incredibly drafty here!

      Phil HitchingsPhil Hitchings

      07:58 11 Apr 24
      Pre booked tickets on line only. Your e ticket will probably end up in your spam folder.

      Ym WongYm Wong

      06:53 11 Apr 24
      put on a pair of good walking shoes,bring something for the weather.if u manage ur way to the top u r rewarded with a splendid view

      Roco SerafinoRoco Serafino

      05:56 11 Apr 24
      Very beautiful landscape

      Leslie RochaLeslie Rocha

      03:44 11 Apr 24

      Sharan SoulSharan Soul

      22:07 10 Apr 24

      Chris TaylorChris Taylor

      08:36 29 Mar 24

      Kaitlyn BertholdKaitlyn Berthold

      08:01 29 Mar 24
      Tickets always sell out day of, so make sure to buy them a few days before hand. There is so much to see that you will be there for hours! Nice, affordable cafe on site

      You can't leave Edinburgh without visiting its iconic Castle, a lot to explore inside, and incredible views of the city.

      Christoph GrassmuggChristoph Grassmugg

      05:24 29 Mar 24

      Philip ProcterPhilip Procter

      05:01 17 Mar 24
      Amazing piece of history - smaller than you think!

      Brad CrossBrad Cross

      20:02 16 Mar 24

      John GallandJohn Galland

      19:04 16 Mar 24
      A must visit in Edinburgh

      Anita KeatingAnita Keating

      18:31 16 Mar 24

      André FernandesAndré Fernandes

      23:00 07 Mar 24

      Asad JanAsad Jan

      21:49 07 Mar 24

      Er.Nirav PatelEr.Nirav Patel

      20:58 07 Mar 24

      C LyC Ly

      20:24 07 Mar 24
      Took a guided tour. Our guide was great. It was raining but still great experience. We went in time to see the 1PM canon.

      George AdamsGeorge Adams

      19:18 07 Mar 24
      Jeez it's the Capital. What's not to like about a Scottish Castle on an extinct volcano.

      Alessio ballaniAlessio ballani

      08:06 25 Feb 24