Plan your visit

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

National War Museum

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

Admission

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

Opening times

Open daily

April to September
9:45–17:45
October to March
9:45–16:45

Closed 25 and 26 December

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.

Facilities

  • Toilets

    Toilets are available at the museum.

  • Baby changing

    Baby changing facilities are available.

  • Access

    All galleries are accessible. An adapted courtesy vehicle is available to take visitors to the museum.

  • Hearing loop

    An induction loop is available for the gallery film.

  • Assistance dog

    Assistance dogs are welcome.

  • Café

    There are two cafés in Edinburgh Castle, the Redcoat Café and the Tea Rooms.

Information for your visit

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 Environment Scotland in the Castle's cafés. All are equipped with seating facilities for babies and provide family-friendly meals.

Museum shops

There is a shop at the entrance to the National War Museum. You can also shop online.

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.

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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

Accessibility

Getting around the museum and Edinburgh Castle

We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit.

 

A full access guide of the museum is available at the AccessAble website. Euan's Guide also has a complete access guide to Edinburgh Castle.

 

  • 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 of the museum and seating is available throughout.
  • Adapted toilets are available in the museum.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are welcome in the museum.
  • 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.

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.

Accessible 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. However, please note that the Esplanade is closed from June to September, due to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 
  • 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.

Free entry for carers

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.

BSL users

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

 

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