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Castle of Light

This holiday season, Edinburgh Castle, the nation’s defender, will reopen as the ‘Castle of Light.’ Expect awe, enchantment, and a colourful show.

This holiday season, Edinburgh Castle, the nation’s defender, will reopen as the ‘Castle of Light.’ Expect awe, enchantment, and a colourful show.

Expect dazzling sights, cutting-edge lighting displays, and the return of Rex, the iconic red lion, as your guide. This year, he’s brought along some new companions to assist you in discovering the castle’s secret riches. Watch how the secret storey of this renowned monument is revealed via the walls that witnessed it firsthand. Prepare to be astonished by this amazing event for the whole family!

“With timed entry slots and capped capacities, we’re ensuring it’s not only an exciting evening, but a safe space for all attending – so get your tickets booked and prepare to be dazzled!”

In collaboration with HES, Double Take Projections, NL Productions, Andy McGregor, and War Productions Ltd will produce the novel lighted walking tour, with access slots every 15 minutes between 4.30 pm and 8.30 pm each evening. Castle of Light, now in its second year after a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, is poised to be even bigger and brighter than before, with unique video material, fresh new installations, and more than quadruple the lighting, solidifying the show’s position as the city’s largest visual experience.

Andy McGregor, Creative Director of Castle of Light, said:

“It’s really great to be bringing back Castle of Light after the success of the 2019 show and all that’s happened since. This year we’ll be offering the people of Edinburgh and beyond another chance to experience the magic of Edinburgh Castle after dark and enjoy an all-new show with treasures for all the family.

About Castle of Light

Dates: Castle of Light will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting on Friday 19 November until Sunday 9 January, excluding certain dates (24, 25 and 31 December; 1, 2 and 6 January). The event will also take place on select dates between Christmas and New Year – Monday 27 to Thursday 30 December.

Time: Timed entry from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The event closes at 10 pm. It is suggested that you allow around 90 minutes to fully experience the show but you can take as much or as little time as you like.


Standard prices

Adult (16-64yrs) £20; Concessions (65yrs+) £16; Child £12 (5-15yr olds must be accompanied by an adult). Family tickets and HS Member discounts are also available.

Tickets are available at www.castleoflight.scot.

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