National Museum of Scotland’s diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures – all under one roof. From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, the exhibitions at the National Museum contain treasures from around the world.
Facilities for Car-Free Visitors
The Museum has a café, brasserie and restaurant.
Nearest Railway Station
Arriving by Foot
A short route, but with a steep climb out of Waverley up to the Old Town. The route heads up Market street, past the Bank of Scotland building on The Mound and the crosses the Royal Mile. Walk along George IV Bridge until reaching Chambers Street on the left-hand side. The Museum has two entrances; one half-way up Chambers Street, and at the top of Chambers Street.
Arriving by Bike
A short route, but with a steep climb out of Waverley up to the Old Town. Cycle lane provided on Market Street, and advanced stop line provided at junction with The Mound. The route then joins National Cycle Route 1, with a cycle lane up the remainder of The Mound and a shared bus/cycle lane on George IV Bridge. The route up The Mound is steep, so getting off and pushing for a short distance might be necessary!
Nearest cycle parking
On-street cycle parking available immediately outside the Museum at both main entrances.
Cycle carriage on trains and buses
The city buses, Lothian Buses, have no facility for cycle carriage but the distance from Waverley Station in the city centre to the Gardens is less than 2 miles.
Edinburgh Waverley is served by local, regional, and intercity ScotRail trains which usually have four cycle spaces. Some electric trains have no or only two spaces but allow cycles to be stored in the doorways (on the right side of the train). Bicycles do not require reservations on ScotRail services to Waverley except for trains from Inverness and Aberdeen. Bicycle reservations for these services can be made by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.
Waverley is also served by long-distance trains operated by CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, and Virgin Trains West Coast. These operators carry between two and six bicycles and require a reservation, which can be made by contacting the train company or visiting a ticket office.
Nearby Cycle Routes
The Mound and George IV Bridge sit on National Cycle Route 1.
Arriving by Bus
No bus necessary as the Castle is only ten minutes walk from station. However, George IV Bridge is served by the following services, and Princes Street is served by most of Edinburgh’s bus services.
Lothian Buses: 23, 27, 41, 42, 67 (on George IV Bridge, from Hanover Street); 35, 45 (on Chambers Street, from Royal Mile / Leith Walk respectively).
Directions to the Bus Stop
Buses leave from Hanover Street near its junction with Princes Street. Leave Waverley Station by the North Ramp and proceed westwards along Princes Street for one block then turn right on to Hanover Street.