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Edinburgh Castle Opening Times

Edinburgh Castle Opening Times



9.30am - 6.00pm

1 April - 30 September


9.30am - 5.00pm

1 October - 31 March


Last entry 45 mins before closing. During the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo, opening times subject to change. Please telephone prior to visit.



Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August

During the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo, opening times subject to change.

Kids Go Free campaign

Extended opening until 6.00 pm in October

Christmas and New Year Period

Closed 25 and 26 December.


Open on 1 January and 2 January - please call for opening hours.



Queen Anne Cafe

Located at the top of the Castle within the Crown Square, the Queen Anne café offers an elegant contemporary space to dine.


The café offers a table service lunch menu, afternoon tea, sandwiches and a wide range of cakes.


The menu features an innovative range of dishes including a Cullen Skink Tart, Aubergine and Pine Nut Fritters and of course Haggis Neaps and Tatties.


Redcoat Cafe

Named for the distinctive uniform of the castle guard, this welcoming self-service café offers a spectacular view of Edinburgh’s New Town.


The fresh and wholesome menu provides a selection of freshly made vegetarian soups, deli style sandwiches, and home made sweets. Additionally, there is a lunchtime hot selection which includes a daily roast, vegetarian pasta and a choice of traditional Scottish entrées.


Gift Shop

It is located just up from the ticket office once you enter the castle. It stocks a wide range of products that have been designed exclusively for Historic Scotland from extensive souvenir and gift ranges to popular clan and whisky collections.