Edinburgh Castle

We are co-located with The Royal Scots Museum which is located in Edinburgh Castle.

During the summer months (1 April – 30 September) we are open daily from 09:30 to 16:00 on weekdays and from 09:30 to 17:30 on weekends.

During the winter months (1 October – 31 March) we are open daily from 09:30 to 16:00 on weekdays and from 09:30 to 16:45 on weekends.

Last entry to the Museum is 15 minutes before closing.

Please note that there are occasions when the museum is sometimes forced to close earlier than advertised due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are making a special visit to the Museum, please contact us beforehand to avoid unnecessary disappointment.

The Museum of The Royal Regiment of Scotland was officially opened in May 2014. The display tells the story of The Royal Regiment of Scotland since its formation in 2006 and focuses on two main themes; an operational theme which uses the strapline ‘Courage under Fire’ to inform the public about the Regiment’s operational service in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and in support of the United Nations in Cyprus and the second theme that concentrates on ‘A Soldier’s Life’. Training for operations, sport, ceremonial duty and the many facets that give a soldier the opportunity to develop fitness, as well as team and leadership skills are displayed. The display is designed to showcase the modern Scottish soldier who are the proud successors to Scotland’s world famous infantry regiments.

The Museum Office, Library and Archive are all located within the Regimental Headquarters of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in Edinburgh Castle. The archive consists of records relating to the formation and service of the regiment and includes printed, digital and audio material. The archives are accessible to researchers by prior appointment only.

Serving and ex-members of the Regiment are very welcome to visit the Museum. Serving members of the Regiment can gain free entry to Edinburgh Castle by showing Historic Environment Scotland staff their military ID. Ex-members of the Regiment are requested to contact the curator  prior to their visit in order to arrange free access to the Museum.

Please call or email in advance to make an appointment if you are visiting the Museum and wish to speak to museum staff, conduct research or make a donation. Failure to make an appointment prior to your visit may result in a wasted trip.

Edinburgh Castle contains a licenced cafe, tea rooms and toilet facilities. While admission to The Royal Scots Museum & Museum of The Royal Regiment of Scotland is free of charge, an admission charge to the Castle is levied by Historic Environment Scotland. Please note that we do not receive any part of this admission fee and are very much reliant on donations and grants.

Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortification with steep cobbled pathways within it. The Museum is located on a single ground level and is wheelchair accessible.

There is no public parking available within Edinburgh Castle. However, there is concession parking available for Edinburgh Castle visitors at NCP’s Edinburgh Castle Terrace car park. To validate this concession you must validate your parking ticket at Edinburgh Castle’s Audio Booth before leaving the Castle. The cost is currently £12 for 8 hours but do check this has not changed before you make your visit. Please note that this concession is not available during August.

Edinburgh Castle is located in the centre of Edinburgh and is easily accessible.

Edinburgh Waverley train station is a short walk from the Castle.

Edinburgh bus station is on a number of national and local bus networks, including Scottish Citylink and Megabus. Please note that there are no direct buses from the bus station to the Castle.

There are taxi ranks at Edinburgh Waverley Train Station (outside the Waverley Bridge & Market Street exits) and a taxi will be able to drop you within a short walking distance of the Castle. Please note that Castle access for taxis is restricted during August.