Edinburgh Castle Guided Tours

10 Best Edinburgh Castle Guided Tours

Edinburgh Castle has a timed ticketing system in operation.

Valid from 30March to 31 March
On-site price Advance purchase price

Adult ticket (16 - 59 yrs) £18.50 £17.00
Child ticket (5 - 15 yrs) £11.50 £10.20
Concession ticket (60 yrs+ & unemployed) £15.00 £13.60

Valid from 1 April
On-site price Advance purchase price

Adult ticket (16 - 59 yrs) £19.50 £17.50
Child ticket (5 - 15 yrs) £11.50 £10.50
Concession ticket (60 yrs+ & unemployed) £16.00 £14.00

The below table includes a brief description of various handpicked Edinburgh Castle tickets & skip the line guided tours of the Edinburgh Castle. They're based on users reviews, cost, customer experience as well as all the best ways to see the famous Edinburgh Castle sight.

We've compared prices from a variety of skip the line Edinburgh Castle guided tours & tickets, websites and have handpicked the most affordable Edinburgh Castle combination tickets, but utterly enjoyable Edinburgh Castle tours, events & tickets below:

West Highlands, Lochs and Castles Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

1. West Highlands, Lochs and Castles Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • It takes you on a journey to see Scotland's ancient castles, impressive lochs, peculiar coastal villages, and heather-clad mountains.
  • A day tour which shows you Scotland's iconic sights including some of the country's best-kept secrets.
  • It lets you explore the spirits of the western highlands and take a look at its lochs
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Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

2. Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 9 hours
  • It shows you the beautiful scenery which characterizes Kelso, Alnwick Castle, and Berwick.
  • A tour to the ruins of Kelso Abbey, then to Alnwick Castle which was used to create the settings for Hogwarts Academy for the Harry Potter movie.
  • It takes you to the borderlands between England and Scotland on this full-day tour from
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Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Day Trip from Edinburgh

3. Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Day Trip from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • The tour introduces the history of Scotland, its amazing landscapes and one of the most famous Scottish exports - Whisky.
  • Stirling Castle used to be a residence of the Scottish royals, while scenic Loch Lomond is the largest lake of Scotland.
  • Glengoyne Distillery produces high-quality Whisky for around two centuries.
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Edinburgh Castle Skip The Line Ticket & Tour

4. Edinburgh Castle Skip The Line Ticket & Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle.
  • Explore the Royal Palace and grounds including the Crown Jewels exhibition at your own pace.
  • Admire the panoramic views of Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

5. Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Edinburgh Castle is a big complex consisting of various museums that overlooks the Scottish capital.
  • The tour reveals interesting historical facts about the historic castle.
  • During the guided tour, visitors will see one of the smallest existing shrines and one the largest cannons they have ever seen.
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Stirling Castle,Trossachs National and Loch Lomond Day Tour from Edinburgh

6. Stirling Castle,Trossachs National and Loch Lomond Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 9 hours
  • Enjoy a great opportunity to get an introduction to Scotland, with a guided day tour that fuses the remarkable beauty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with the savage history of Stirling Castle. On this trip there is plenty of time to examine the unique architecture and ponder over the majestic natural wonders of Scotland's most...
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Private Highland Whisky, Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace Tour - Edinburgh

7. Private Highland Whisky, Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace Tour - Edinburgh

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • The only tour from Edinburgh that visits a Scottish Highland whisky distillery, Stirling castle and the birth place of Mary Queen of Scots in one day.

    Combine Scotland's greatest export with our most infamous castle and the medieval ruins of Mary Queen of Scot's fabulous palace.

    All admission covered and bottled water provided in...
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Kelpies, Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

8. Kelpies, Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 9 to 10 ho
  • Explore the wonders of Scottish history, learn about the great folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor, and wander the great halls of Stirling Castle.

    This tour is perfect for those who want to experience Scottish history first hand and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds them. Hop on board and get ready to travel back in time.

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Linlithgow palace, Blackness&Stirling Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

9. Linlithgow palace, Blackness&Stirling Castle Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 8 to 9 hou
  • Blackness castle, Stirling castle, and Linlithgow Palace all played an important role in Scottish history and on this tour you will learn why that is so.

    Not only are they important historical castles but their architecture is just as fascinating.

    Join this tour and get lost in the rich history of these castles and learn more about...
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Loch Lomond, Dumbarton and Stirling Castle, Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

10. Loch Lomond, Dumbarton and Stirling Castle, Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 9 to 10 ho
  • Explore the wonders of magnificent Scottish architecture, get lost in the rich history of Dumbarton Castle, and wander the great halls of Stirling Castle.

    Travel back in time on this tour and experience what royalty once did whilst also enjoying the natural beauty which surrounds the castles.

    • Full-day small group tour from...
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Wallace monument, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow palace, Day Tour from Edinburgh

11. Wallace monument, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow palace, Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 8 to 9 hou
  • - In one day you will visit most popular historic sites in Scotland
    - Stop for photos at the Forth Bridge (Queensferry)
    - Enjoy free time
    - See sights such as Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Linlithgow Palace
    - Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only

    • Full-day small group...
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Loch Ness, Highlands, Urquhart Castle , Whisky, Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

12. Loch Ness, Highlands, Urquhart Castle , Whisky, Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 12 hours
  • Personalized experience of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group day trip from Edinburgh, limited to max 4 people. Ideal for visitors with limited time, this guided tour transports you to Loch Ness and other Highland highlights with ease and efficiency. Stop at Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park, Fort Augustus, Urquhart Castle and Pitlochry along...
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Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

13. Blackness & Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 8 to 9 hou
  • - In one day you will visit four most popular historic sites in Scotland
    - Stop for photos at the Forth Bridge (Queensferry)
    - Enjoy free time at all 4 locations
    - See sights such as Blackness Castle, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Linlithgow Palace

    • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh
    • Enjoy privileged,...
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Loch Ness, Highlands, Urquhart Castle, Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

14. Loch Ness, Highlands, Urquhart Castle, Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

clock Duration: 11 to 12 h
  • Personalized experience of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group day trip from Edinburgh, limited to max 6 people. Ideal for visitors with limited time, this guided tour transports you to Loch Ness and other Highland highlights with ease and efficiency. Stop at Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park, Fort Augustus, Urquhart Castle and Pitlochry along...
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FAQs about Edinburgh Castle

How Much Does it Cost to See Edinburgh Castle?

Edinburgh Castle has a timed ticketing system in operation.

Valid from 30March 2018 to 31 March 2019
On-site price Advance purchase price

Adult (16 - 59 yrs) £18.50 £17.00
Child (5 - 15 yrs) £11.50 £10.20
Concession (60 yrs+ & unemployed) £15.00 £13.60

Valid from 1 April 2019
On-site price Advance purchase price

Adult (16 - 59 yrs) £19.50 £17.50
Child (5 - 15 yrs) £11.50 £10.50
Concession (60 yrs+ & unemployed) £16.00 £14.00

Edinburgh Castle Opening Times

Summer

1 April - 30 September - 9:30 am to 6:00 pm last entry at 5:00 pm

Winter

1 October - 31 March - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm last entry at 4:00 pm
The castle is closed on the 25th and 26th of December and open on the 1st of January from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to Get to Edinburgh Castle?

There are many ways to get to Edinburgh Castle.

Rail

Waverley is the main station. The castle can be seen from the exits. From Princes Street, go to Waverley Bridge.
Haymarket Station is at the west of Princes Street.

Bus

Take the Airlink 100 express from the airport and stop at Waverley Bridge, near the main railway station. Travel time is about 25 minutes.




The Best Time to Visit Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous spots in Scotland, so it is only normal for it to be very busy.

The best way to avoid queues in the Castle is to pre-book your ticket and purchase skip-the-line tickets. This will guarantee a queue-free entrance, though you will not be able to skip the crowds on place. This is where choosing a good hour comes in very handy.

Guided tours are the worth it because they give you an in-depth experience of the castle and all the things that happened there since it was erected.

One of the castle's main highlights is the One o'clock Gun so make sure that you stay around for it. it happens every day, except Sunday. Just be prepared because visitor number is also highest during that time. Weekends attract the biggest crowds so choose a weekday for your visit.

How to Get the Most Out of Edinburgh Castle?

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothes
  • Bring a bottle of water
  • Pre-book tickets
  • Arrive early to avoid the crowd
  • Go on a weekday instead of a weekend to avoid the crowd

Is Edinburgh Castle Accessible?

Edinburgh Castle has made a real effort to make access for all an important feature all throughout. The most challenging part for any wheelchair-bound person are the cobbles and the slopes. People with power wheelchairs will find it easier whereas people with manual wheelchairs will need strong arms or someone who can help push them. Some places which are unsuitable for wheelchair users are:

  • David's Tower
  • Prisons of War
  • The Royal Apartments
  • The Military Prisons

There are mobility vehicles available for visitors. This car takes visitors from the esplanade to the castle's highest point and back down at the end of their visit.