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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
+44 131 225 9846
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Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 9846
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Reviewed yesterday

The castle visit surpassed all expectations. So full of historical facts and sights. It was so well done. Can't wait to visit again to take all the information in. The price was very reasonable and even though long queues the staff got through them very...More

1  Thank J2839MAannh
Reviewed yesterday

The castle is in a beautiful setting high above the city. The buildings are well maintained and the views are breathtaking. The castle does not have the furnishings and grandness of some of the royal castles and palaces in England, but the setting is breathtaking....More

Thank ML W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We couldn’t believe how many people came late and queued and who hadn’t pre bought tickets !!! Get there as soon as it opens ( if you’re not bothered about the cannon) and you’ll get round everything no problem !! We did the crown jewels...More

Thank AmyLou25
Reviewed yesterday

Lots to see, lots of history, also plenty of staff to ask if got any questions, very clean, nice tea roms.

Thank Sparky186356
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Anyone that is a fan of history or architecture would enjoy visiting one of the most amazing castles in the United Kingdom, second only in my opinion, to the Bamburgh castle in magesty.

Thank Nathaniel S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Recommended to visit as the palace has historical values for you to see plus great view of the city of Edinburgh.

Thank huthaman
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Price for entering Edinburgh castle is really nothing. When you enter the ground you see that each building is a small museum for it self combined in one big. Really nice tales about history of the castle and the Scots who were in it.

Thank pixy07
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the castle on a Sunday and surprisingly there was no queue for admission but by the looks of the roped lanes for admission this is probably a big problem at certain times of the week. Once inside we bypassed the audio guide headsets...More

Thank Fairydusters
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent 3 hours walking around this stunning castle there is so much to see and do. We did the mini tour, our guide was really informative with a fair bit of humour.

Thank 1949jackie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fantastic piece of history. Could easily spends hours wandering around soaking up the history and enjoying panoramic views over the City. Lots of tourists around at all times. And tartan! So proud to be Scottish 🤙

Thank AnnieRafters
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Jordan M
5 November 2017|
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Response from Hailfire101 | Reviewed this property |
You cna buy on the day, but I recommend buying before you go, print them off at home and go early! :) Not as busy then.
31 October 2017|
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Response from CDM49 | Reviewed this property |
You can walk up to the castle at night and see some great views of the area but the castle is closed for touring.
27 September 2017|
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Response from drdoug3930 | Reviewed this property |
You can taxi to the entrance then after you have your ticket they have a taxi that will take you to the top at no charge then you can take your time coming down through the castle or take the taxi back down. My wife was in a... More