Plan your visit

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

Welcome back

We can't wait to welcome you back to the National War Museum. We have made some changes to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.  

As the National War Museum is located within Edinburgh Castle, please refer to the Edinburgh Castle website to buy your tickets and plan a visit. 

Visiting safely

A range of new safety measures have been put in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

This includes pre-booked timed entry, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand sanitising stations and one-way routes in certain areas of the museum where physical distancing is not possible.

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:

Please keep your distance from others (2m). Follow the directional signage.
Use the hand sanitiser provided. Please note card payments only.
Wash your hands often. Face coverings must be worn by visitors over 5 years old.

Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

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 in the Museum.

  • Café

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

Information for your visit

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, all visitors over the age of 5 must wear a face covering.

What's open?

The majority of the galleries at the National War Museum are open, apart from Active Service (Gallery 6) and the Special Exhibition Gallery (Gallery 7), which will open at a later date. 

 

Some interactive displays and high-touch areas are temporarily closed for your safety. 

Facilities

Toilets and baby changing facilities are available inside the National War Museum. In line with Scottish Government guidelines and our commitment to ensure the safety of our visitors as much as possible, we have increased the frequency and expanded the cleaning regime in these facilities each day. Please refer to the onsite signage and speak to the team should you have any questions during your visit. 

Food and drink

Refreshments at Edinburgh Castle are provided by Historic Environment Scotland. Please refer to the Edinburgh Castle website for the latest information.

Shop

The museum shop is open, accepting card payments only. In line with Scottish Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn in our shops.

Visiting with children

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

 

Refreshments at Edinburgh Castle are provided by Historic Environment Scotland. Please refer to the Edinburgh Castle website for the latest information.  

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 additional photography equipment on site (eg a tripod) should contact the information desk to obtain a photo pass.

 

All photographers wishing to take photographs for commercial use are asked to contact Maggie Wilson at the Picture Library on 0131 247 4026 or at 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.

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. 

Advance online booking is required via the Edinburgh Castle website.

Please refer to the Edinburgh Castle website for further information to plan your visit.

Opening times

The museum is now open, 09:45–17:45 daily

Advance online booking required

April–September: Open daily 09:45–17:45

October–March: Open daily 09:45–16:45

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.

Accessibility

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.

Find out more

We're Good to Go

We have acquired VisitBritain’s Good to Go accreditation. This Industry Standard mark means that National Museums Scotland has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid physical distancing.

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