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“Avoid Edinburgh in August at all costs”
Review of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
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Ranked #7 of 402 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.
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Avoid Edinburgh in August at all costs”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We loved this city 20 years, but since then the Arts Festival, or Fringe, has grown to mean shove a lot of dubious talent anywhere it will fit in the city, clog the streets, charge too much, and make it miserable to visit.

Visited August 2014
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“the castle to see.”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

loved it. so much history. fantastic views of the beautiful city.
lots of steep climbs but there are plenty of places to sit if you need to.

Visited August 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“A must see”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

A must see in Edinburgh ,a visit to the top is worth it for excellent views of the city
There is so much history and awesome museums in the Castle.
Really liked the on line booking that was very worthwhile .

Visited August 2014
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San Jose, California
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“Everything a Castle should be!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

I have been to a lot of castles, but this one is the standard by which all others should be judged. This is a "working" castle, with centuries of history and still building on its presence, with the evolving museums, tattoo, etc. The Margaret Chapel is at its core, and dates back nearly a millenia, and parts and levels trace the evolution of the castle to the present day, right up to the current "One O'clock Gun." It would be impossible to see everything in one day, unless you were just glancing at features and not interested in their history or closer examination. You could spend hours in the WWI Memorial Chapel at the top of the Castle, alone. The stained glass windows and memorials are amazing and moving, depicting all aspects of the Great War, even unexpected things like the balloon corps!
Royal history is also on display here. If you were disappointed with the prodding to keep moving when viewing the British Crown Jewels, you will have no such problem here, viewing the Scottish Crown Jewels. Also check out the Royal Apartments, refurbished by James VI/I, though the main residence was at Holyrood.
There are also numerous museums with a military focus. Be sure not to miss the prison cells, some of which have been re-created as they would have been when prisoners from the "War for American Independence" were housed here. It's like stepping back in time! The huge cannon Mons Meig, which hurled boulders from the battlements, is also a must-see.
I also recommend taking the time to tour with one of the excellent guides. They will tell you the most amazing information about the castle, which will steer you toward areas you might not have otherwise considered visiting. There are also costumed reenactors who tell about the castle and its inhabitants, and certain scheduled times. You won't be bored unless you are determined to be so, by avoiding all the amazing interpretive displays and programs, but then, why would you have come here?
There are also benches where you can rest, and food and refreshments for sale. I recommend both, to sustain you on your exploration. There are also some amazing views from the food area on one of the terraces.

Visited July 2014
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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“True Scotland!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

I'm impressed by Edinburgh! I'm impressed by the location itself, by the nature, by the architecture. By everything!
So, the Edinburgh Castle didn't give me a chance to consider, wether I like it or not. So medieval, so harsh and meanwhile so remarkable. There are a lot of museums on its territory: historical, military, war period museum and etc. 2-3 hours is enough to visit all the museums and observe the spectacular view of Edinburgh.

Visited July 2014
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