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All you need to know about Edinburgh Castle opening hours

Today

Open 9:30am–6pm

Last Admission

5pm

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is open from 9:30am to 6:30pm between April and September and from 9:30am to 5pm between October and March.

Apr 1 TO Sep 30 Timings

Days (Apr 1 TO Sep 30)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday 9:30am–6:00pm 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am–6:00pm 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am–6:00pm 5:00pm
Thursday 9:30am–6:00pm 5:00pm
Friday 9:30am–6:00pm 5:00pm
Saturday 9:30am–6:00pm 5:00pm
Sunday (Today)9:30am–6:00pm 5:00pm
edinburgh castle opening hours

Last entry: 1 hour before closing time

Closed: July 3, December 25 and 26

Recommended duration: You should set aside at least 2 hours to see the main attractions at Edinburgh Castle.




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Best time to visit the Edinburgh Castle

Weekday vs Weekend

Weekdays: Experience Edinburgh Castle with fewer crowds and a more tranquil atmosphere, allowing for a leisurely exploration of its historic attractions and scenic vistas.

Weekends: While weekends may offer extended hours and a livelier atmosphere with occasional events, they tend to be more crowded, resulting in longer queues and less opportunity for uninterrupted exploration.

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Pleasant
Crowded

Peak season vs Low season

Peak Season: In peak season, typically during the summer months, Edinburgh Castle bustles with activity, offering a vibrant atmosphere with various events and festivals. However, expect larger crowds, higher ticket prices, and the need to book in advance.

Low Season: During the low season, particularly in late autumn and winter, Edinburgh Castle offers a quieter experience with fewer tourists. Enjoy shorter queues, discounted prices, and a more intimate exploration of the castle's treasures amidst the city's serene winter ambiance.

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Off Season
Peak Season

How long should I spend at Edinburgh Castle?

Edinburgh Castle - Opening Hours

1.5-2 hours

If you're on a tight schedule or have limited time, you can still get a good overview of the castle in about 1.5 to 2 hours. This will allow you to visit the main attractions, such as the Crown Jewels, Great Hall, and St Margaret's Chapel.

Edinburgh Castle - Opening Hours

3-4 hours

For a more comprehensive visit, plan to spend around 3 to 4 hours at the castle. This will give you enough time to explore the main sites, as well as some of the lesser-known areas and exhibits.

Edinburgh Castle - Opening Hours

5+ hours

If you're a history enthusiast or have a keen interest in Scottish history, you might want to allocate 5 or more hours to fully immerse yourself in the castle's rich heritage. This time frame allows for a more leisurely exploration and the opportunity to attend any special exhibitions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Edinburgh Castle opening hours

Is Edinburgh Castle open every day?

Edinburgh Castle is open every day of the week, including weekends. However, it is closed on the 25th and 26th of December.

Does the castle have evening hours?

Yes, Edinburgh Castle's closing time is around 5pm or 6pm, depending on the season.

Are there any specific timings for last admission?

The last admission for Edinburgh Castle is one hour before the closing time.

How long should I spend at Edinburgh Castle?

You should plan to spend at least 2 to 3 hours at Edinburgh Castle to explore the main attractions, but the duration can vary depending on your interests and the depth of exploration you prefer.

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit Edinburgh Castle is early in the morning or during the off-peak season (October to March) to avoid large crowds and enjoy a more peaceful experience.

Is Edinburgh Castle open on public holidays?

Edinburgh Castle is open on most public holidays, except for the 25th and 26th of December. However, it's advisable to check the official website before your visit.

Should I visit on a public holiday?

Visiting Edinburgh Castle on a public holiday can be an amazing experience, but be aware that it may be more crowded, so plan accordingly and check for any special events.