A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation and a world famous attractions – Edinburgh Castle has dominate the skyline for centuries. And the high volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. The castle offers a fabulous day out, an experience not to be missed.
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Waverley is Edinburgh’s main and most central station. It’s just a short walk to the castle, which can be seen from the station exits – though it’s uphill all the way.
Haymarket Station, also in the city centre, is to the west of Princes Street.
The Airlink 100 express bus runs from the airport to the city centre. It takes 25 minutes to reach Waverley Bridge, next to the main railway station.
Visit lothianbuses.com. Some hop-on, hop-off bus tours make a stop by the castle. Visit edinburghtour.com Or look for local buses with the Mound or George IV Bridge on their route.
Trams leave the airport every 7 minutes from early until late. The journey to Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main shopping street, takes about 30 minutes.
There is no public parking at Edinburgh Castle. Castle Terrace and Johnston Terrace have the nearest on-street parking zones.
Castle Terrace NCP is the nearest car park and offers a discounted rate for castle visitors: £10 for 5 hours. You must validate your parking ticket at the machine opposite the drawbridge during your visit. Blue Badge holders can request one of the limited number of accessible parking spaces on Castle Esplanade on a first come, first served basis.
There is no bicycle rack at the castle. Bike racks are available nearby at: Victoria Street, Waverley Station & Chambers Street
Its important you plan ahead when visiting any establishment or open space and to check on any changes that have been brought about by COVID-19. Measures such as social distancing have changed the way business operate and you may need to book ahead or wear facemasks.