Parking in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, dominated still by its magnificent and iconic castle on Arthur’s Seat, and with its striking Georgian and medieval districts, is a handsome capital by any standards. Once nicknamed ‘the Athens of the North’ because of its prowess in the arts, the Edinburgh Festival remains the UK’s biggest arts celebration and attracts visitors from around the world. With NCP Edinburgh car parking close by, this is the perfect city to explore culture, natural beauty and history.

Points of interest

Princes Street divides the two main sightseeing districts of Edinburgh. The area between the Palace of Holyrood and the Castle is where you’ll find the atmospheric Old Town, clustered around the Royal Mile and Grassmarket. The ‘New Town’ is further to the north; although it was in fact built back in 1767 by merchants who wanted to expand beyond the old city walls. This is where the famous Georgian architecture of the city can be found.

For more information on parking for events and attractions in Edinburgh, see below or visit our attraction parking guide here.

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Marker for Edinburgh Castle Terrace Edinburgh Castle Terrace 750  5 Buy Pre‑book NCP App
Marker for Edinburgh Grindlay Street Court Edinburgh Grindlay Street Court 16  0 Buy NCP App
Marker for Edinburgh Holyrood Road Edinburgh Holyrood Road 297  4 Buy Pre‑book NCP App
Marker for Edinburgh Bread Street Lane Edinburgh Bread Street Lane 3  0 NCP App
Name Edinburgh Castle Terrace
Spaces 750 5
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Name Edinburgh Grindlay Street Court
Spaces 16 0
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Name Edinburgh Holyrood Road
Spaces 297 4
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Name Edinburgh Bread Street Lane
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Attraction & event parking in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

Built on the top of an ancient volcanic core, Edinburgh Castle probably has the most imposing position of any castle in the world. It has variously functioned as a castle, royal palace, garrison and state prison. The Stone of Destiny is housed here, a relic of the ancient kings of Scotland which was taken by English forces and not returned until 1996. Park within walking distance at our NCP car parks and can also see, among other attractions, the Mons Meg cannon, the Scottish Crown and the Great Hall with its restored timber roof.​

National Museum of Scotland

Whilst visiting Edinburgh you must on no account omit a visit to the National Museum of Scotland. This is the greatest depository of art treasures in the country, its long and imposing façade dominating Chambers Street in the city. The Victorian and modern wings are home to five floors of art, artefacts and technology, and if you use the local NCP Edinburgh St Johns Hill car park you can walk along here and enjoy refreshments in the cafeteria too.​

Scottish National Gallery

This is one of Scotland’s very finest art galleries, with British and European paintings from 15th to 19th centuries on display. With Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck and many other luminaries represented, it’s the premier venue in the city for art lovers.​ Our nearby NCP car parks provide ideal walking access. 


Scottish Parliament Building

The new Scottish parliament building was begun in 1999 at the foot of the Royal Mile, and apart from being the seat of the Scottish Parliament there are world class exhibitions held here and a lot or original artwork on display. Use the Edinburgh St Johns Hill NCP car park as a base for taking a fascinating guided tour.


Edinburgh University

Edinburgh University was founded in 1582, making it one of the oldest in the world. As well as running academic courses it is also a leading centre for research. Certain buildings are open to the public, and anyone can join the library. Just leave your car nearby at the Edinburgh St Johns Hill NCP car park and make your way in.


Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo houses over 1000 species from around the world and is also home to the only koalas and pandas in the UK. The zoo opened in 1913 and is within easy reach of the NCP’s Edinburgh Castle Terrace car park. As well as restaurants and a gift shop the zoo has several supervised play areas for children, and there are regular educational talks and animal handling activities.​

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Palace of Holyrood House

Holyrood Palace is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It was built in 1529 for James V and much of it is open to the public. Park at the Edinburgh St Johns Hill NCP car park which is close by, and explore a world of royal opulence. Be sure to visit the Throne Room and Royal Dining Room.

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