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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 2 days ago via mobile

Edinburgh Castle is Fabulous. I have some disabilities do they provided transportation to the top of the castle, and gravity and i managed the trip down for my wife and I. The day before we went to be castle it was closed because of high...More

1  Thank J0_Glen
Reviewed 2 days ago

Spend the best part of a day viewing the castle it is a must for anyone in to history and those who are interested in old things and customs. The war memorials are worth the look who knows you might just find a relative listed...More

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent a very cold January day exploring the castle and grounds. We opted for an audio tour for an extra £3 each which is good as you can go at your own pace and play the audio when prompted by signs that are located...More

Thank Briggslm83
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely loved our visit to the castle. Well worth the money. We booked tickets in advance for a 9.30 slot. Very few visitors at that time so we walked around freely and could see everything we wanted to without having to queue or jostle. Everything...More

Thank PMurray
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stunning location and presence in this dark-stoned city. We visited with a guide so got easy and quick information on the key buildings, history and uses of this imposing place. My sons loved seeing the Scottish Crown Jewels and swords etc and the various canons....More

Thank Natalie M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This castle is a bit like a museum so great if you are into it. Audio guides are an extra cost so most people just walk around - lots of things to read and look at if you are in the right frame of mind...More

Thank madz88brown
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is such an incredible piece of history, everyone must visit. Incredible views across Edinburgh to the coast Lots of quaint nooks and crannies, museums and the prison. The prison was amazingly recreated to bygone days and some very interesting facts about the prisoners lives...More

Thank PinkshoesUk
Reviewed 2 days ago

Amazing to see something like this, from the walls and cannons to the museums and prisons. The scotch room is very nice and they offer samples too. Nice that it wasn't over crowded either.

Thank RaceRider
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After climbed many steps in a rainy afternoon we at last reached the castle and it was really worth it with a magnificent building, pretty view towards the town, and also there was a big, good souvenir shop with many of the scottish things. Sweet...More

Thank Eriko P
Reviewed 3 days ago

One has visit due to the hype. However, we found it to be a total waste of time and money - museums only (except couple of coronation jewels)

Thank W_H_Can
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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15 January 2018|
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Response from Sarah_Rees78 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely. You need to buy a ticket to enter the castle but you don’t need a tour there.
Michelle O
10 January 2018|
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Response from Kimberly K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am not sure. We did not book that one. Sorry I could not answer your question. We stood in line to buy ticket and it did not take long.
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.