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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

The Basics

Explore Edinburgh Castle on a time-saving skip-the-line walking tour or delve into the history of this iconic fortress on a private tour. See the room where the macabre 15th-century Black Dinner took place; admire the Stone of Destiny; take a photo with the massive Mons Meg cannon; visit the room where Queen Mary gave birth to King James IV; and find mysterious graffiti left behind by prisoners of war.

Many Edinburgh city tours also include a visit to the castle, whether you want to explore by private mini-bus, vintage taxicab, or on a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
star-4.5
$27.59 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended
Great way to start seeing Edinburgh and finding out about its history. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer any wide ranging questions asked.
markwharris, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

star-5
A Day in Edinburgh
Linda_B, May 2022
Private Edinburgh Full Day Tour with Tickets to the Castle
Our guide Martin was extremely knowledgeable, interesting and accommodating. He adapted our day, taking into account our interests, our comfort and the weather.
star-4
Edinburgh History come to life
Angelle_C, May 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Margaret Ann was very knowledgeable and did a great job bringing the story of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh to life. I really enjoyed it. The only downside was that I misunderstood where the meeting point was and went to castlehill. Luckilyi had arrived 15 minutes early and the people in the booth directed me down the hill and one of the lovely ladies giving tourists help took me to the meeting point.
star-5
Great Introduction to The Royal Mile!
Shauna_R, May 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Wonderful introduction to the Royal Mile! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I would recommend this tour!
star-5
Great tour with Allison Duncan
Sherri_G, Apr 2022
Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
I strongly recommend Allison Duncan. She is a former History professor and is very knowledgeable about the history and human interest stories of Edinburgh. She also has a lovely personality and we were not bored for a second during our 3 1/2 hour tour!
star-5
Intimate tour of Edinburgh!
Shaila_G, Mar 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Great introduction to the medieval city of Edinburgh! Nice small group setting with a knowledgeable, friendly and very informative guide. Purchased the option that included an inside tour of Edinburgh castle and was well worth it. Would highly recommend, but be ready to walk!
star-5
Excellent Tour and Guide
Anonymous, Apr 2022
3-Hour Private Edinburgh Castle Tour
Excellent tour, our guide knew everything and lots of tidbits About the construction of the castle and the history of the monarchy
star-4
Story telling
Noel_C, Dec 2021
Edinburgh City Centre private driving tour Edinburgh Castle Rosslyn Chapel
Great story telling loved the Maggie Dickson story, and learning about Deacon Brodie the original Dr. Jeckl and Mr. Hyde.
star-5
Good choice
Janet_J, Apr 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
As the tour description states, I learned "behind the scenes" things that I would not have otherwise heard about. It was a fun tour and not horribly time consuming.
star-5
Good value for money,...
Katrina_H, Oct 2021
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour
Good value for money, very good audio guide, driver was very helpful. Clean buses, very punctual and covers both old and new towns of Edinburgh
star-4
An enjoyable morning
Carolyn_B, Jul 2021
Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
Stewart, our guide was charming & had a great knowledge of the history of Edinburgh. Due to Covid rules he wasn’t allowed to accompany us into the castle so we didn’t have him for a large proportion of the morning which was a shame.
star-5
Lovely day
Sukhjit_D, Aug 2020
Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
You will be able to see the highlights of Edinburgh in a day and it’s excellent way of travelling especially now because of COVID-19. Our tour guide and chauffeur for the day was Alexandra and we had very relaxing day. He was very knowledgable and had good sense of humour.
star-5
This tour was a perfect...
Keith_F, Apr 2022
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
This tour was a perfect start to our trip. We learned about the history of the city presented in a very entertaining format. Nicki was our guide and she was wonderful! Very entertaining! And the castle was amazing

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Edinburgh Castle is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors to the city.

  • It’s possible to spend anywhere from two hours to a full day exploring the castle.

  • Visitors are subject to bag searches, and storage is not available for large personal items such as backpacks, luggage, and strollers.

  • Photographs are not allowed inside the Scottish National War Memorial or the Scottish Crown Jewel exhibit.

  • Parts of the castle may not be accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Edinburgh Castle is located atop a hill in the Old Town. Parking is difficult in this part of Edinburgh, so the easiest way to get there is on foot from the Royal Mile, by public transport, or on a guided tour. The city’s primary train and bus terminal (Edinburgh Waverley) is within walking distance of the castle.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The castle is open year-round and is busiest in summer. Arrive early to avoid crowds and plan to visit the Crown Jewels first, as lines form quickly and can take over an hour to get through. Afternoon visitors can enjoy the daily firing of the “one-o’clock gun,” while August travelers can sometimes see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performing just outside the castle walls.

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Best Photo Spots in Edinburgh Castle

The castle’s sweeping Old Town city views are no coincidence—its hilltop position was carefully chosen to protect the city. For great views and equally great photographs, head to the windows near the row of cannons along Half Moon Battery, the grated overlooks across from the military prison, or St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving part of the castle.

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Edinburgh Castle
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Edinburgh Castle?
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