Edinburgh Castle

Listed in: Attractions - Days OutAttractions - History and CultureAttractions - Museums

What's On at Edinburgh Castle »

Contact Information

Edinburgh Castle Castlehill, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NG
Edinburgh Castle Website
01312259846
Follow edinburghcastle on Twitter
Facebook information can be found here

Opening Hours

see listing for details
Edinburgh Castle
About Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story.

Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it.

In the 1600s, the castle became a military base. Some buildings were rebuilt and new ones were raised to house a huge garrison - and provide a secure jail for prisoners of war.

The military presence remains unbroken, but over the last 200 years the castle has become a national icon. It is now Scotland's leading tourist attraction, and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Come to the castle and hear the rest of the story.


Upcoming Events at Edinburgh Castle

Burns for Beginners at Edinburgh Castle

Burns for Beginners at Edinburgh Castle

24 January 2018 - 28 January 2018
Come along for a light-hearted introduction to the bard and some of his works at Edinburgh Castle.
Crime and Punishment in Georgian Scotland

Crime and Punishment in Georgian Scotland

03 February 2018 - 09 February 2018
Listen as Thomas Turlis, the Hangman, recounts the nature of his profession in Georgian times.
A Most Royal Rebellion

A Most Royal Rebellion

10 February 2018 - 11 February 2018
Hear the forgotten story of Scotland’s own version of the war of the roses, between father and son King James III and the future James IV.
The Road to Bannockburn

The Road to Bannockburn

14 February 2018
Meet one of Robert the Bruce’s men who served under the command of Thomas Randolph during the capture of Edinburgh Castle in 1314.
The Road to Bannockburn

The Road to Bannockburn

15 February 2018
Meet one of Robert the Bruce’s men who served under the command of Thomas Randolph during the capture of Edinburgh Castle in 1314.
A History of the Sword

A History of the Sword

17 February 2018 - 18 February 2018
Meet one of the Kings champions of the sword here in Edinburgh Castle and find out how medieval weaponry evolved over the centuries.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

23 February 2018 - 25 February 2018
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
The Road to Bannockburn

The Road to Bannockburn

01 March 2018
Meet one of Robert the Bruce’s men who served under the command of Thomas Randolph during the capture of Edinburgh Castle in 1314.
The Road to Bannockburn

The Road to Bannockburn

02 March 2018
Meet one of Robert the Bruce’s men who served under the command of Thomas Randolph during the capture of Edinburgh Castle in 1314.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

03 March 2018
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

04 March 2018
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

05 March 2018 - 07 March 2018
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial.
The Lang Siege

The Lang Siege

08 March 2018 - 09 March 2018
Meet a lowly servant and learn how he survives during a siege and why forces are attacking Edinburgh Castle.
Divided Loyalties of the ’45

Divided Loyalties of the ’45

10 March 2018 - 11 March 2018
Meet a Jacobite prisoner, his redcoat captor and learn of their shared common upbringing in the highlands.
Women of Independence

Women of Independence

12 March 2018 - 13 March 2018
Hear how during the Wars of Independence, women were among some of Bruce's strongest and bravest supporters.
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

14 March 2018 - 16 March 2018
Hear the true stories of two veterans- a soldier and a nurse- as they recount their tales from four years of war.
Rebels and Redcoats

Rebels and Redcoats

19 March 2018 - 21 March 2018
Rebels and Redcoats - Learn about the role Edinburgh Castle played in the Jacobite war.
Honours of Scotland

Honours of Scotland

26 March 2018 - 28 March 2018
Hidden away for 100 years, hear from one of the men who rediscovered the Honours of Scotland.
Il Divo

Il Divo

13 July 2018
Record-breaking classical crossover group, Il Divo include a date at Edinburgh Castle on 13th July as part of their 'Castles & Country Tour'.
Bananarama

Bananarama

20 July 2018
Making their Edinburgh Castle debut, Bananarama will play their first ever outdoor gig on Friday 20 July.
Del Amitri

Del Amitri

21 July 2018
25 years after last taking to the stage at the castle, Scottish Band Del Amitri will play Edinburgh Castle on 21 July 2018.