About this Attraction

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.
From brochs, castles and palaces to abbeys, towers and tombs there are over 5000 years’ worth of history for you to enjoy.


Discover a world-famous icon. Perched on a volcanic plug, Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline of Scotland’s capital city for centuries.

Climb Castlehill to explore this mighty fortress and former royal residence, now a major part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scotland’s crown jewels are among the national treasures on display within the castle walls.

Known as the ‘defender of the nation’, Edinburgh Castle remains an active military base. An annual highlight is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, held on Castle Esplanade every August.

No trip to Scotland’s capital is complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle – voted Best UK Heritage Attraction for the fourth year in a row at the British Travel Awards 2014.

Edinburgh Castle is also a popular filming location and appears in the film adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel Filth, starring James McAvoy.

What to see and do:
– Be dazzled by the Honours of Scotland, Britain’s oldest crown jewels
– See the Stone of Destiny, Scotland’s inauguration stone, removed by the English in 1296 and returned in 1996
– Set your watch by the One o’Clock Gun, fired daily (except Sundays)
– Enter Edinburgh’s oldest building, St Margaret’s Chapel, built around 1130 by David I
– Admire the late-medieval ceiling of the Great Hall, built around 1510 for James IV
– Look for Mons Meg, a huge, late-medieval siege cannon, among the castle artillery
– Take in the panoramic views of Scotland’s capital city
– Explore the castle with our fun fact-finding quiz (also available in Brazilian-Portuguese, French, Gaelic, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Welsh). Available on site

FREE PLACE: Tour Leader enters free of charge if party consists of 11 or more paying pax.

NOTE: ALL visits to Edinburgh Castle must now be pre-booked. We will reconfirm with booking reference which must be displayed on vouchers.

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Last Updated: 11.08.2020

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CHILD POLICY: 5-15 years old charged at reduced rates (see tariff).

RATIOS FOR GROUPS TRAVELLING CHILDREN: Under 5s (1 adult for every 2 children), Ages 5-7 (1 adult for every 6 children), Ages 8-15 (1 adult for every 10 children).