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Royal Edinburgh Ticket: Guaranteed Entrance to Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse & The Royal Yacht Britannia



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Before you Go
  • IMPORTANT: For bookings of more than 6 people, it cannot be guaranteed that the whole group will be able to enter the castle at the same time; the group may need to be split across two time slots due to capacity restrictions. If your group is more than 10 people, please split the booking into separate purchases with no more than 10 people in each.

  • June 29th - July 7th: Holyrood House will be closed to the public.

  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays.

  • Wednesday July 5th: Edinburgh Castle will be closed to the public.

  • City Sightseeing Route Stop 6 and Edinburgh Tour Route Stop 7 closed Mon-Fri until June 16th.

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

Only have 48 hours in Edinburgh? Then the Edinburgh Royal Ticket is just for you! With guaranteed entrance to three royal attractions, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the wonders of Scotland's capital city. Plus, you’ll get unlimited access to three Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tours, so you can hop on and off at the three royal attractions, plus any others that take your fancy.

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3 Routes
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from 09:00 to 18:00
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10 Languages
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26 Stops
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  • Unlimited access for 48 hours to three Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tours
  • Explore Edinburgh by bus, hopping off at the city's royal attractions & other famous landmarks
  • Guranteed entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh
  • Guranteed entrance to Edinburgh Castle, perched on top of an extinct volcano
  • Guranteed entrance to The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen's former floating palace

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  • 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Stops near all the major sights
  • Access to three routes
  • Audio guide in 9 languages plus kids’ commentary
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse, Royal Yacht Britannia


    Discover three of Edinburgh’s royal attractions, as well as exploring the city at your own pace on a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, with the Edinburgh Royal Ticket. Guaranteed entrance to Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse means you’ll be able to discover Scotland’s historic and beautiful capital.

    Edinburgh Castle is perched on the top of an extinct volcano and offers spectacular views of the city. Highlights of the castle include the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, St. Margaret’s Chapel, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the One o’Clock Gun which has been firing since 1861.

    Step aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia, used by the Queen as her floating palace for over 40 years. Travelling more than 1 million nautical miles during her years of service and hosting guests such as Frank Sinatra, Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill, The Royal Yacht Britannia has a fascinating history. Be sure to visit the Sun Lounge, the Queen’s favourite room on board.

    The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. Visit the regal State Apartments, used by the Royal Family and be sure to see the chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots.

    Also included in the Edinburgh Royal Ticket is access to three Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tours. The City Sightseeing Edinburgh route passes through Edinburgh’s historic centre and includes a special Horrible Histories audio commentary for children. The Majestic Tour heads north towards the port of Leith, where the Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed. The Edinburgh Tour route has a live English-speaking guide and takes in the city centre, including Edinburgh’s famous New Town. Valid for 48 hours and with the freedom to hop off and on at any of the stops and switch between the various bus routes, it makes it easy for you to travel between the three royal attractions included in this ticket, as well as discover the other famous landmarks in the city of Edinburgh.

    Before you Go

    Hop-On Hop-Off Bus:

    • Operational season: all year round
    • Operating times may vary over the Christmas period
    • There is no service on December 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st and January 1st and 2nd.


    • Thank you for buying our Royal Edinburgh Ticket, please ensure you head to St Andrew Square – the tour departure point to have your voucher scanned and valid 48 hour tickets issued when you want to start. Staff there will also book you in to a time slot for your Edinburgh Castle visit.
    • You cannot enter the Castle without a ticket issued by our team
    • The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is valid for 48 consecutive hours on board all of our city bus tours.

    Edinburgh Castle

    • Opening times (*subject to change)

    • 1st April - 30th September: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last entry at 5:00 p.m.)

    • 1st October - 31st March: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:00 p.m.)

    • 25th & 26th December: closed

    • 1st January: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:00 p.m.)

    • Please allow at least 2 hours for your visit

    • The castle is usually busiest from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    • The One o’Clock Gun is fired every day at 1:00 p.m. except on Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day

    • As the castle is a historic building, some parts are not accessible by wheelchair. Please consult the Edinburgh Castle website for complete accessibility details

    The Royal Yacht Britannia

    • Opening times (*subject to change)

    • 2nd January - 31st March: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (last entry)

    • 1st April - 31st August: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entry)

    • 1st September - 31st October: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (last entry)

    • 1st November - 31st December: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    • 24th December: last entry at 2:30 p.m.

    • 31st December: last entry at 3:00 p.m.

    • Closed on 19th June, 25th December & 1st January

    • Please allow 1.5 hours for your visit

    • Free audio guide is available in 30 languages, as well as a children’s tour and British Sign Language tablet

    • Each of the 5 decks are fully wheelchair accessible via a central lift

    Palace of Holyroodhouse

    • Opening times (subject to change)
    • 1st April - 31st October: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.)
    • 1st November - 31st March: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last entry at 3:15 p.m.)
    • Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays no alternative offered Jan – June, October - Dec
    • Closed: 18th - 27th May and 29th June - 7th July
    • Please allow at least 1 hour for your visit
    • As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, closures can sometimes happen at short notice
    • As the palace is an historic building, some parts (including Mary, Queen of Scots Chambers’) are not accessible by wheelchair. Please consult the Palace of Holyroodhouse website for complete accessibility details
    • Queens Gallery currently closed for refurbishment

    Please note: the discount shown is based on the price if each part of the package were bought separately.

    Satisfied Customers

    Convenient for all the main tourist attractions in Edinburgh. All the drivers were friendly and helpful.
    James H
    Good value and I would strongly recommend
    Sally B


    Cancellation Policy

    All sales are final: tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded by City Sightseeing. Please check dates carefully before purchasing tickets.

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    City Sightseeing Edinburgh
    Lothian Buses, 55 Annandale Street
    EH7 4BF, Edinburgh, United Kingdom