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Edinburgh Castle

Opens in 13 min: 09:30 - 18:00
Open today: 09:30 - 18:00
Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
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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...more
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 18:00
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Edinburgh
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
Old Town
+880 1911-240440
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An incredible ediface in a totally cool town. Tremendous history and crown jewels to boot! The museum displays were so so. The crowds were a bit intimidating. And be ready for steep cobblestone streets. Bring your camera for stunning panoramas of old and new town.

Thank Dan F
Reviewed yesterday

I had read many reviews suggesting that Edinburgh castle wasn't worth the effort it takes to do it. I would totally disagree. We spent almost 3-1/2 hours at the castle and enjoyed every minute of it. We visited the various museums and buildings and found...More

Thank DebraL2
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The iconic castle is extremely popular and many of the interior spaces are slow going with so many people navigating the cramped exhibitions. Despite the overcrowding, the views over the city from the high fortress walls make the visit worthwhile.

Thank Zenobia240
Reviewed yesterday

First time we have been to Edinburgh Castle and it was great, saw the crown jewels which were impressive, also the guns would not like to be in front of any of them if fired, great to walk around we spent 3 hours and loved...More

Thank malcolm w
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing views. Buy your tickets beforehand to avoid wait. We bought front of the line tickets via hop on hop off bus. Very busy. Outstanding historical site. Amazing views of the city.

Thank Lesley V
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to Edinburgh Castle through a recommendation from a walking tour's tourguide, she said it was worth the visit so decided to come. I would recommend to book the admission tickets in advance since if you book online, you can get the tickets for £17.00,...More

Thank Albertus R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a good place for those interested in military history, as the caste served as a fortress. Lots of details on weapons and battles. Little of the original is in place. Much has been added to “fill in the gaps”

Thank Martina A
Reviewed yesterday

I've been to the castle before and it's a nice place to visit (an icon of Edinburgh, let's be fair) but on my most recent excursion, I found the price had been jacked up and I just wasn't willing to pay it for something I...More

Thank Kali92
Reviewed yesterday

It was a great day trip. I was there for a few hours and was able to check out a number of museums in the actual castle. The views from the ramparts were amazing. We saw the cannon go off at 1pm. Great day of...More

Thank Krystenashley
Reviewed yesterday

To see the small room where Mary Queen of Scott's had King James was remarkable. Lots of history, the guide was fantastic.

Thank AidaJM
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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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18 September 2018|
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Response from STIGuy1 | Reviewed this property |
It is not busy now and they tell us this is the tail end of the tourist season. It is easy to have pre-ordered tickets to get through the gate so I recommend it just for ease. Audio tour... I don’t think you can pre-order... More
Isabelle M
16 September 2018|
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Response from andrewschumm | Reviewed this property |
As a citadel, with lots of different buildings, some areas may not be as accessible. The castle is accessed initially up slopes. Some buildings are by stairs. The access roads are in the main cobbled. There are ramps and... More
Pulakesh D
11 September 2018|
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Response from Trvlrs5 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think you can roam all the way around the outside perimeter of the castle as it’s built on a rocky hill with steep sides. But after you climb the hill to the castle there is the Esplanade - a large area where you... More