The National War Museum is located within Edinburgh Castle. Find out how to get the most from your visit here.
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.
(seasonal opening times)
April to September
October to March
Closed 25 and 26 December
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.
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.
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There is no parking at Edinburgh Castle. However, a limited number of parking spaces for Blue Badge holders are available.
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Toilets are available at the museum.
Baby changing facilities are available.
All galleries are accessible. An adapted courtesy vehicle is available to take visitors to the museum.
An induction loop is available for the gallery film.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
There are two cafés in Edinburgh Castle, the Redcoat Café and the Tea Rooms.
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.
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, email@example.com.
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.
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
We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit.
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.
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.