Visitor Information

Our Museum is open daily from 9.30am-3.45pm. While our Museum is free to enter, an admission charge is levied to visit Edinburgh Castle. We encourage our visitors to contact us in advance of your visit or find up-to-date opening times and admissions information on Edinburgh Castle's website.

The Museum of The Royal Regiment of Scotland was officially opened in May 2014. The display offers a small selection of objects from our collection that reflect the activities of the Regiment since its formation in 2006. It is designed to showcase the modern Scottish soldier who are the proud successors to Scotland’s world famous infantry regiments.

Getting Here

Edinburgh Castle is located in the centre of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Waverley train station is a short walk downhill 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.

Parking

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.

Castle Terrace Parking Info

Disabled Access

The Museum is located on a single ground level and is wheelchair accessible, though please bear in mind that Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortification with steep cobbled pathways within it.

Facilities & Admission Charges

Edinburgh Castle contains a licensed 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.

Meeting with staff

To guarantee availability of staff and resources, it is necessary to make an appointment in advance if you wish to meet a member of staff, conduct research or donate an object. This can be arranged using the 'Contact Us' tab at the top of this page (select 'Museum & Learning').

Regimental Family

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.

Museum Office Library & Archive

From the 1st of April 2021, the Museum offices, archive and library will be located within the Old Provost Marshal’s House 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.

Opening Times

From 1 April - 30 September the Museum is open daily from 9.30am to 4.45pm. During the winter months (1 October - 31 March) the Museum is open daily from 9.30am to 4pm. Last entry to the Museum is 15 minutes before closing. Please note the Museum or Castle may close earlier than advertised due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are making a special visit to the Museum, please contact us in advance to avoid unnecessary disappoint. Keep up to date with all opening hours on Edinburgh Castle's website.

Location

We are co-located with The Royal Scots Museum inside Edinburgh Castle.