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Two visitors in one of the galleries at the National War Museum.


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

Getting around the museum

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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

BSL Service

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

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