Self-Guided Visits

Find out how to book a visit and access our self-guided resources

Planning a Visit

Our museums are located within Edinburgh Castle, so there is lots to see and do! Entry to our museums is free with your admission ticket. For the latest guidance on entry to Edinburgh Castle, including ticket prices and current Covid-19 restrictions, please see the Edinburgh Castle website.

If you are planning a self-guided visit with a school or group, please contact us using the form below to find out more about access and optional resources.

Please note that our galleries are not spacious enough for a large group or class, so we would recommend breaking into smaller groups of up to six pupils in order to explore more comfortably.

If you decide to have a self-guided visit, then follow our handy checklist!

  • Let us know you are coming and the size of group so we can help accommodate your visit to the Museums and offer resources.
  • Book your admission tickets in advance with Historic Environment Scotland.
  • Check out the additional resources for self-guided visits on the Historic Environment Scotland and National War Museum websites.

FAQs

To ensure your visit runs smoothly, all school visits must be booked in advance.

Self-guided visits would require an admission ticket to Edinburgh Castle. Details of current prices and booking information can be found on the Edinburgh Castle website. All of our self-guided trails and resources are available for you to download for free.

As our learning programme is currently being developed, any group visits booked with a workshop are offered free of charge. However, please be aware that the Castle may charge a small fee per person for admission during their peak period between May-August.

If you are organising a school or group visit, you may be eligible for a travel subsidy to help with the cost of getting to Edinburgh Castle. Please look at the Historic Environment Scotland website for more information and details on how to make a claim.

Workshops can run between 60-90 minutes depending on your schedule. All of our sessions have a degree of flexibility and can be adapted to suit the needs of your learners. Please discuss your requirements with us when booking your session.

This is entirely up to you! If you have a session booked in the morning, you are more than welcome to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Castle. Likewise, if you have an afternoon session booked, you can arrive early and see the Castle beforehand.

Yes! There are downloadable trails on this page which you can use when you visit. If you require something more specific, please contact us to see how we can help.

We are planning to add additional resources to the website in the near future. Please check back soon or subscribe to our mailing list.

Unfortunately, there are no parking facilities available for visitors. Buses can use Johnston Terrace as the closest drop off/collection point.

There are no cloakroom facilities at the Castle, so please be prepared to carry your belongings with you. Please also be aware that any bags bigger than 30L are not permitted into the Castle for security reasons.

Lunch spaces are extremely limited and are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please discuss this when making your booking and we will do our best to accommodate your group.

There are accessible spaces in the Castle. Please discuss any access requirements when making your booking to be sure that these spaces are available for your visit.

Yes, and we may also wish to take photographs of you! We ask you to please read our Photography Policy and sign the consent form we send you prior to your visit.

There is a small gift shop in The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum. There are also three other gift shops within Edinburgh Castle.

Planning a visit?

Please use the contact form below to get in touch with our Learning Officer at Edinburgh Castle.

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