Plan your visit

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


The National War Museum will be reopening soon.

We are working with colleagues at Historic Environment Scotland to determine the best date for reopening the museum in line with the other internal spaces at Edinburgh Castle.

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National War Museum

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


Entry to the museum is free. Historic Environment Scotland charges for admission to Edinburgh Castle where the National War Museum is located.

Opening times

The Museum is currently closed to the public until further notice.

How to get here

By bus

A number of buses go via Edinburgh 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. 


Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

By train

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. Edinburgh Castle is a 15 minute 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.


Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is on Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle is a 1015 minute walk up the Mound. 


Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

By bike

Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the National War Museum is easy to reach by bike. 


There is no bicycle rack at the castle. Bike racks are available nearby at Victoria Street, Waverley Station and Chambers Street.

Get directions from Google Maps.

By car

There is no parking at Edinburgh Castle. However, a limited number of parking spaces for Blue Badge holders are available.


  • Edinburgh Castle is at the top of the Royal Mile, close to Princes Street and Edinburgh City Centre. 
  • Pay and display parking is available in nearby streets. Castle Terrace and Johnston Terrace have the nearest on-street parking zones.
  • The NCP Castle Terrace car park offers a discounted rate for castle visitors (except in August). You must validate your parking token at the castle’s audio booth during your visit.
  • Further information on parking can be found at Edinburgh Council. 

Get directions from Google Maps.


We want everyone who comes to the National War Museum to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. We've compiled all our accessibility information in one place.

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We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we have started to welcome visitors back to our museums with a phased reopening.

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