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“Great Castle with Lots of History”
Review of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
Ranked #7 of 449 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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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 2 weeks ago

OK - first - buy the scottish pass. You get this castle & several other places for free & skip the queues. I had been there twice before & got right in. This time, it was worse than Disney world! 2 hours just to get TO THE TICKET AREA with another 1 from there. I bought the pass while in line & we jumped right in.

The castle is so cool just jutting out of the volcanic rock. Make sure you go into the prison area, St. Margaret's chapel & eat at the Jacobite Cafe. Great food. Also, they usually have whiskey tasting in their whiskey shop. DO IT! Not the type of royal castle you may be thinking of, but well worth it!

Thank cristatharp
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No student discount available so paid full price which was £18.50 each. It took about 45 minutes to look round the castle and grounds that includes time to take a couple of pics over the side of the view (really thats the only reason its scored 3). Crown jewels room was nice but so warm and you couldnt really get too close as people were just standing round the glass and others were shoving and pushing people so they could get in and see, it also filtered in from two sides and out one door. The amount of really small children running about and parents shouting and screaming at them to "come here" and "behave" was definitely frustrating and although it was a no-smoking site there was a few people having a crafty cig here and there. Not nice for people with breathing problems and lung conditions!!

Thank Hootpire
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They told us this castle had more invasions than any other castle in the world. I believe it. It is large and has multiple gates to stop intruders. We had an excellent guide who explained history, attempts to take over the castle and how it was defended.

Thank vinceclark
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Way too many people. Can't imagine what August would be like, but there are literally lines to get into many of the buildings. Historic Scotland members are free, but we only get a 20% discount on the audioguide (Stirling Castle they are free for members). I'm sure I would love the castle off-season, but a summer visit is quite average.

Thank DaytonJG
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

once you have come this far on the Royal Mile, do not be deterred by the Royal Tattoo stadium-like setting and get to the castle where the history of Scotland unfolds - reserve at least 2 hours

Thank TomOpo
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