Edinburgh Castle

Top pick

Fortress of the Kingdom: Archaeology and Research at Edinburgh Castle

Exploring English Castles

Edinburgh Castle: Tours & Tickets

Insider tips

Sunset over Edinburgh Castle

For a view that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, watch the sun set over Edinburgh Castle. The best spots for this are Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill, both located to the East of the city center. The deep-red sun, the colors in the sky, and the black silhouette of the castle come together in an absolutely magnificent panorama.


If you’re lucky enough to be in Edinburgh when there are fireworks going off over Edinburgh Castle, for example on Hogmanay or at the end of the Edinburgh Festival, then make sure to head to one of these viewpoints to admire the show and snap some amazing photographs. Princes Street Gardens and Calton Hill are likely to be the most popular spots to watch the fireworks, so if you’re looking for a less crowded experience, Blackford Hill and Arthur’s Seat are better bets.

Good to know

When should I visit?

Opening hours from 9:30AM – 6PM year-round, except for December 25th and 26th.

How to get there

Hop-on-hop-off buses stop at the Castle. You can make your own way by taking bus 24 to Waverly Bridge and walking.

Is it expensive?

Free to look at from the outside, £17 for adult entry.

Will I need a guide?

Only if you want one.

What people are saying about Edinburgh Castle

★★★★★ Breathtaking castle with five star staff

I am a wheelchair user and cannot thank enough your thoughtful arrangements and your wonderful caring staff. The gentlemen who used a car to help me were so kind. The greeters at your entrance, too, could not have been kinder.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket reviewed by Marilyn

★★★★★ It was well worthwhile visiting the castle

Directions were clear and staff very helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the tea room it was so pleasant, staff helpful and reasonably priced.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket reviewed by Jacqueline

★★★★★ It was great to visit Scotland again, the land of my Ancestors.

I enjoyed the History of Edinburgh Castle and at the War Museum I sighted my Grandfathers name in one of the large red books to Commemorate him being killed in France on the 15th November 1916 in the 1st World War. I also continued my Genealogy research at Scotlands People.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket reviewed by June

Top Hotels in Edinburgh