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The Scottish National War Memorial is located in the heart of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. It is found within the walls of Edinburgh Castle.

Visits to Edinburgh Castle are by timed ticket booked in advance. Tickets can be obtained via the Edinburgh Castle website.

It is possible to visit the Memorial only and this is free of charge. We recommend this is booked in advance to avoid disappointment, as occasionally the Memorial is closed to visitors for special events. For visits to the Memorial only please request a visit by writing to If you only wish to visit the Memorial, please note that you will not have an opportunity to visit any other parts of the Castle.

For visitors requiring it there is a mobility vehicle available at certain times of day. Please call Historic Environment Scotland at Edinburgh Castle to check availability if you will require this service during your visit. Tel: +44 (0)131 225 9846

Please note that it is not possible to visit the Memorial only between 1230 and 1330 daily and when ceremonial events e.g gun salutes on the King’s birthday, are taking place in the Castle. Please check the Castle website for dates of Ceremonial events before your visit

The Memorial is a 15 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station and the Edinburgh City Centre Bus Station and it is five miles from Edinburgh Airport. Car parking is available in the Castle area, but not on the Castle Esplanade.

The Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle is open to the public every day of the week from 9.30am to 6.00pm or 5.00pm, depending on the season. Please note that last entry is an hour prior to the Castle’s closing time. Please contact Historic Environment Scotland at Edinburgh Castle for precise opening times Tel: +44 (0)131 225 9846

The Memorial is also closed at Christmas and when commemoration services are being held.

If you wish to visit the Castle as well as the Memorial, you must pay an admission charge. The best price for entry to the castle is online.

Visitors are respectfully asked to remember that this is a Shrine to those who gave their lives in the service of their country. Please respect the privacy of those paying homage by refraining from photography of any kind and maintaining a respectful silence.

The Scottish National War Memorial is a charitable trust and donations towards the upkeep of the Memorial are always welcome. Donation boxes and a "Goodbox" (accepting card donations) are to be found in the Memorial Hall and Porch.