Plan your visit to Edinburgh Castle
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Region – Edinburgh and the Lothians
Postcode: EH1 2NG
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Facilities & access
Available to hire for Weddings
Parking is not available at the Castle. The nearest city parking zones are located at Castle Terrace and Johnston Terrace. Visit NCP car park website www.ncp.co.uk
for additional information on directions and parking fees.
To book parking spaces for disabled visitors at the Castle, telephone 0131 310 5114 in advance of your visit, as places are limited.
A courtesy vehicle is normally available to take visitors with disabilities from the esplanade to Crown Square. Please contact the castle on 0131 225 9846 to make arrangments.
There is good access around a number of major sights within the castle including: Mons Meg, the Great Hall, St Margaret’s Chapel viewpoint, the National War Museum of Scotland, the Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, Crown Square, the Crown Room, Scottish National War Memorial, restaurant and shop.
Due to width restrictions, some areas are unsuitable for wheelchair access. These include the military prisons, St Margaret’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Room, King’s Dining Room and Crown Jewels exhibition although most of these are accessible for more mobile visitors.
From Crown Square visitors with disabilities can gain access to the Crown Jewels. There is a ramp over the four steps into the Great Hall and at St Margaret’s Chapel.
Wheelchairs are available from the castle but steep, cobbled roadways make pushing hard work.
The Crown Jewels exhibition has hands-on models of the Scottish Regalia and a Braille interpretation of their history.
A complimentary guided tour (subject to weather and availability of staff) is led by experienced and well-informed stewards. Audio Guides are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.
Tearoom and Café
Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the stylish Queen Anne Tearoom, nestled at the top of the castle in Crown Square. Or relax and soak up the views in the Redcoat Café, from snacks to hearty meals there’s something for everyone.
We’re a ‘Taste our Best’ café/restaurant, the dishes on our menu are prepared with locally sourced produce, look out for them on the menu.
Guidebooks are available in English, Gaelic, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.
Dogs (except for guide dogs and assistance dogs) are not permitted in the castle due to the volume of visitors..
Opening arrangements & costs
|25 March - 30 September
||Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
||9.30am to 6.00pm (last entry 5pm)
|1 October - 24 March
||Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
||9.30am to 5.00pm (last entry 4pm)
**Honours of Scotland Exhibition Closure**
The Honours of Scotland Exhibition will be closed to visitors from 5pm on Saturday 30th January until Monday 8th February 2016. This is to allow for maintenance work and a routine condition assessment to be carried out. Temporary interpretation about the history and significance of these objects will be in place for visitors. During this time there will be a reduction of 20% in the cost of admission. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to visitors.
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Open from 11.00am to 5.00pm on January 1st and as normal from January 2nd.
We recommend at least 2 hours to see the major attractions within the castle.
Please note that opening times for the independent museums may vary.
Very occasionally a property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check our closure page
for any unexpected site closures. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory
using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.
to buy admission tickets.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tel 0131 225 9846