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“Must do in Edinburgh”
Review of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
Ranked #7 of 444 things to do in Edinburgh
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Fee: Yes
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 3 weeks ago

Edinburgh is a great city. Architecture, restaurants, history. Edinburgh castle is by far the most magnificent site to see. It sits upon this large volcanic rock and it's huge. Great view of the city from it. Unfortunately when we visited many parts of the castle were closed for renovation, but there were still many areas to see. The audio tour was helpful and interesting, but I wouldn't say you necessarily need it for this castle. The crown jewels were a joy to see. As well as the history behind them. The castle is at one end of the Royal Mile so it makes it very convenient to see. We spent about 3 hours touring the castle which I think was more than enough time and allowed to see and hear every exhibit that we wanted to. We had the Explorer Pass which allowed us to skip the line, which if we went in the morning would have been a real big help. But by the mid afternoon there was no line to get in/buy tickets.

Thank sdurkin24
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't actually go up and see the castle but seeing it from below and how hard it would have been to try and attack it was really interesting to see. Shame that the fountain and some of the gardens were under construction but all in all a fantastic sight.

Thank Ben H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't have enough time to go inside but the outside is very impressive. Great views of the city. Lots of history to read about. Worth the hike up the hill.

Thank Kittyme2
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is more a fort than a castle, clearly built for defense and you can catch a great view from up here overlooking Edinburgh as well as looking down on Royal Mile.

Thank Ine M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Overlooking the city, the castle is a must see for anyone visiting Edinburgh. Buy tickets in advance, get there early and as you come in, head up you the left and beat the crowds to the Crown Jewels. (The tours come around from the right). Best toilets are in the back of the coffee house (straight and to the right as you come in). Grab a ‘millionaire shortbread’ on the way out of the coffee shop (caramel, chocolate and shortbread.... need I say more?). Be sure to bring a jacket as it is always breezy up at the top!

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