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Review of Edinburgh Castle

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Ranked #7 of 422 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 12 July 2014

When you visit Edinburgh, its castle is a must. However the weather can turn your visit into an unpleasant experience; the first time I was there the castle was closed half way through my visit and we were all invited to leave as it was dangerous. All tickets were kindly refunded.
The prisons are claustrophobic but worth a visit. The crown jewels are very nice, and the list of all the colonies is impressive. The view of the city is of course breathtaking.
I was never there for the 1 o'clock gun, but if you can organize your visit accordingly, it may be worthwhile.

Thank BLA74
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is a must see attraction. The views from the castle are amazing (take your camera). Though it may seem a little expensive its worth every penny, the castle is full of history and there is so much to see that you can spend most of the day there. Try to be prepared as during the summer it can be very busy so book online or get there early. Also there may be some disruption to opening times during the Tattoo in August.

Thank Judy M
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Main piece of advice - get there when it opens to avoid huge lines at the ticket window. The audio
guide is worthwhile. Nice views of town from the ramparts. The Military Museum was the best
part of the castle. The crown jewel rooms were hard to deal with, given the huge crowds and lack of crowd control (big tour groups entering from the exit door made it a mess). Whilst there are
better castles to visit in the UK (like Warwick), I guess you have to see this one if you
are in Edinburgh.

Thank Buzzy1
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

The castle isn't difficult to find. Just go to the Royal Mile and look up. Seriously it's at the top of a gigantic hill. It's a hard walk if you're coming from the other side.

In some ways the reminded me of the Tower of London. The Scottish Crown jewels are there. It is also surrounded by Scottish guards in full kilts. We got there at the perfect time and got to see the changing of the guard - which wasn't as well attended as Buckingham Palace and was therefore a bit better - and the shooting of the cannon at 1 pm. There were torture chambers and prisons to tour that we loved and a war museum that had a number of artefacts in it's own right. It's kind of like a Scottish Tower of London exhibit only better because you can actually take your time and see the things on display.

We spent 3 hours there and probably would have stayed longer if we hadn't gotten hungry.

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Edinburgh Castle is definitely one of the must see spots in Edinburgh. There is so much history of Scotland as well as great views of the area. There is a very good, free intro tour that gives you a quick overview of the Castle while you walk from the bottom gates up to the top of the castle. There are tons of things to see within the castle complex. There are a couple museums, the royal jewels, and of course the palaces and fortifications you would expect of a castle. Pick and choose the things that look the most interesting to you and enjoy wandering the complex.

Thank Robert K
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