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 15 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).

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: Children 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.

Access for disabled visitors

Entry to the National War Museum is free. 

Historic Environment Scotland charges for admission to Edinburgh Castle where the National War Museum is located. Carers who accompany visitors with disabilities receive free entry. Full details on tickets are available from the Edinburgh Castle website.

Parking

  • There is no public parking at Edinburgh Castle. However, pay and display parking is available in nearby streets. Castle Terrace and Johnston Terrace have the nearest on-street parking zones.
  • Blue Badge holders can request one of the limited number of accessible parking spaces on Castle Esplanade on a first come, first served basis.
  • The NCP Castle Terrace car park offers a discounted rate for castle visitors (except in August): £10 for 5 hours. You must validate your parking token at the castle’s audio booth during your visit.
  • The Esplanade is closed from June to September, due to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

Mobility 

  • 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. See more details on the Edinburgh Castle Access Guide.
  • The National War Museum 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.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

Read the full access guide at AccessAble

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

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

BSL users

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

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

Security

We want all our visitors and staff to be safe in the National War Museum. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of our Visitor Experience team. You can also help us keep the Museum safe by reporting anything that looks out of place or suspicious to our Visitor Experience Assistants.

Awards

Museum 4 Star 2

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Opening times

Open daily

1 April to 30 September
9:45–17:45

1 October to 29 March
9:45–16:45

Admission

Entry to the museum is free

Historic Environment Scotland charges for admission to Edinburgh Castle where the National War Museum is located, full details are available from the Edinburgh Castle website.

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

How to find us

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