The National War Museum is located within Edinburgh Castle. Find out how to get the most from your visit here.

How to get here

By bus

A number of buses go via the city centre and stop at the Royal Mile and George IV Bridge. Edinburgh Castle is a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Mile to Castlehill. Visit www.travelinescotland.com for details.

By train

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. Edinburgh Castle is a few minutes’ walk up Market Street to the Castle Esplanade via either Ramsay Gardens or the Royal Mile. The road is quite steep, so visitors with mobility difficulties may wish to use the taxi rank at the station.

By cycle

Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the National War Museum is easy to reach by cycle. Find out more on the Edinburgh City website.

By car

Edinburgh Castle is at the top of the Royal Mile, minutes from Princes Street and Edinburgh City Centre. There is no parking at the Castle. However, a limited number of spaces for Blue Badge holders are available (see below).

Save on tickets at NCP Castle terrace

We’ve teamed up with car park operator NCP to offer National War Museum visitors discounted parking at NCP Castle Terrace. Receive up to 12 hours of parking for £8, a saving of up to 65% on standard rates.

To receive the discount, exchanges tokens from Historic Scotland at the Audio Guide booth.Your parking ticket will be validated, with the discount applied when you pay for your parking at NCP Castle Terrace.

This offer is also available to National Museums Scotland Members.

* Offer only applies to parking periods of between two and 12 hours.

Further information on parking can be found  at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/parking.

Visiting with children

Families and children of all ages are welcome at the National War Museum. Baby changing facilities are available, and the National War Museum has a policy in place if children become separated from their party.

Refreshments at Edinburgh Castle are provided by Historic Scotland in one of three on-site cafés.  All are equipped with seating facilities for babies and provide family-friendly meals.

Girls looking at recruitment posters

Above: Girls looking at wartime recruitment posters.

School visits

Teacher-led visits to the National War Museum are free of charge. A range of workshops, interpretation sessions and other activities are also available. Find out more about our schools offer here.

Boy trying on helmet

Above: Boy trying on a soldier's helmet.

Access for disabled visitors

Admission to the National War Museum is included in the admission charge to Edinburgh Castle. Disabled visitors pay a concession price for admission and your accompanying carer is free.

Parking on the Castle Esplanade is available only to drivers with a Blue Disabled Badge. These must be booked in advance on 0131 310 5114. The Esplanade is closed from June to September, because of the Edinburgh Tattoo, however, pay and display parking is available in nearby streets. Visitors to the National War Museum and National Museums Scotland Members are also entitled to a discount in the NCP car park on Castle Terrace (see above).

An adapted courtesy vehicle is available at the Castle's admissions kiosk to take visitors with mobility difficulties, including wheelchair users, to the Museum and other parts of the Castle.

The Museum itself has a level entrance and wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. There is a public lift between the two floors and seating is available throughout. Adapted toilets are also available.

The film shown in the Nation in Arms gallery has supertitles and an induction loop. A summary of the displays, in English, is available as part of the main audio-tour of the Castle.

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

Euan's Guide has a complete access guide to Edinburgh Castle.

Photography policy

We are happy for you to take photographs, including flash photography, in the galleries unless otherwise stated. 

No prior permission is needed for photography intended for personal use. However, anyone wishing to use a tripod should contact the information desk to obtain a photopass. All photographers wishing to take photographs for publication on other websites, for all printed matter or other commercial use, are asked to contact Maggie Wilson at the Picture Library on 0131 247 4026 m.wilson@nms.ac.uk

BSL users

Deaf BSL (British Sign Language) users can make contact by using the free ContactSCOTLAND-BSL service.

Awards

Museum 4 Star 2Green Tourism Gold Award

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Opening times

1 April – 30 Sept 9:45-17:45 
1 Oct – 31 March 9:45-16:45 
Closed 25 and 26 December 
New Year's Day: 11:00-17:00

Admission

Entry to the museum is included in admission to Edinburgh Castle.

Entry to Edinburgh Castle ranges from £9.90 to £16.50 (under 5s free).

National Museums Scotland Members get 10% off adult admission on production of valid membership card.

Full admission details are available from the Edinburgh Castle website.

How to find us

Edinburgh Castle,
Edinburgh,
EH1 2NG
Tel: 0300 123 6789