National War Museum Scotland

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War and military service have touched the lives of countless Scots, leaving their mark on Scotland's history, image and reputation abroad. Here, in the magnificent setting of Edinburgh Castle, explore over 400 years of the Scottish military experience.

The First World War affected millions of Scots, both at home and in service, and touched the lives of people of Scottish descent all over the world. Beginning with ‘Next of Kin’, our Centenary programme of exhibitions and events will share the Scottish memory of these world-changing events with national and international visitors.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

1 April – 30 Sept 9:45-17:45
1 Oct – 31 March 9:45-16:45
Closed 25 and 26 December
New Year's Day: 11:00-17:00

Admission charges

Entry to the museum is included in admission to Edinburgh Castle. Entry to Edinburgh Castle ranges from £9.60 to £16 (under 5s free). National Museums Scotland Members get 10% off adult admission on production of valid membership card.

Full admission details are available from the Edinburgh Castle website.

Getting there

By bus
A number of buses go via the 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. Visit www.travelinescotland.com for details.

By train
The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. Edinburgh Castle is a few minutes’ 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.

By cycle
Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the National War Museum is easy to reach by cycle. Find out more on the Edinburgh City website.

By car
Edinburgh Castle is at the top of the Royal Mile, minutes from Princes Street and Edinburgh City Centre. There is no parking at the Castle. However, a limited number of spaces for Blue Badge holders are available (see below).

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sandhurst in the Sun’ Camp Qargha, Kabul © Robert Wilson

Helmand Return

  • 27 February 2015 — 31 March 2016 *on now

Five years after his poignant exhibition Helmand: Faces of Conflict, renowned photographer Robert Wilson revisited Afghanistan to record the British troops’ final tour of duty. The photographs allow a rare insight into the process of withdrawing from a war zone; capturing the essence of the human and logistical challenges faced during the transfer of responsibility and withdrawal. For further information visit www.nms.ac.uk/Helmand

Admission

Admission free with entry to Edinburgh Castle

Website

http://www.nms.ac.uk

Getting there

By bus
A number of buses go via the 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. Visit www.travelinescotland.com for details.

By train
The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. Edinburgh Castle is a few minutes’ 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.

By cycle
Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the National War Museum is easy to reach by cycle. Find out more on the Edinburgh City website.

By car
Edinburgh Castle is at the top of the Royal Mile, minutes from Princes Street and Edinburgh City Centre. There is no parking at the Castle. However, a limited number of spaces for Blue Badge holders are available (see below).

National War Museum Scotland
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 2NG
Scotland

Website

www.nms.ac.uk/war

E-mail

info@nms.ac.uk

Telephone

0300 123 6789

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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