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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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“crown jewels” (2,190 reviews)
“o'clock gun” (1,039 reviews)
“war memorial” (553 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 9846
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Give yourself a day to visit the castle, if only to allow yourself enough time to queue to get into the most interesting places. The press around the one o'clock fun means you mostly see the backs of people's heads if you're my height. There's...More

Thank Wendy C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We waited for a while for tickets here which sadly cut into our limited time here. There are really pretty views from here!

Thank shelleywatson
Reviewed yesterday

Our hotel had a wonderful view of this beautiful place and to be honest, a view from far away was better than close up. It wasn't the most spectacular castle we'd been to on our 3 week tour of England and Scotland but it was...More

Thank KatherineNoel
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely visit to the castle. It was raining the day we visited, and most of the castle is outside, so be sure to bring an umbrella. Buy tickets in advance and pick them up at the kiosk to avoid the long lines (especially in the...More

Thank TravelsDee
Reviewed yesterday

I so appreciate the advice from the TA forum re arriving early iwat tickets in hand. That made a huge difference. We were in line at 9Am . The line got big very quickly after that. When they opened the gate, we had to go...More

Thank MarylandSharon
Reviewed yesterday

A great Castle, a to do, earlier in the day, as the wait time for some admissions is longer .... It gives fantastic view points around the city, and loads of history pre booked tickets give time advantages on arrival. Crowded at the 1 oclock...More

Thank UkHelenP
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots to do and great views of the City. So why only "Average"? For the basic price what you get is reasonable value. However, the audio guide is an extra at £3.50 meaning the total cost per adult is £20.50. Hire one audio guide -...More

Thank AndToby
Reviewed yesterday

Purchased tickets well in advance - so pleased as the vast numbers queuing would have put me off a visit otherwise.

Thank binsybaby
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must to if in Edinburgh, buying there itself has a long que so book online and save yourself and hour, my wife had the genius idea of buying online as soon as we joined the ticket que the purchase was complete in 2 minutes...More

Thank Gurbhag S
Reviewed yesterday

We bought our tickets beforehand which allowed us to enter into the castle in the first available time range of the day (between 9:30 and 11 am). Even though we were on time there were no audio guides available until at least 1pm. For a...More

Thank Dani A
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 August 2017|
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Response from Amy G | Reviewed this property |
I'd recommend booking in advance. If you don't want to be tied to the booking then make sure your phone has wifi or internet service so if you see the lines are too long for you to wait in, you can buy the tickets right away... More
7 August 2017|
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Response from Katelin H | Reviewed this property |
Loads! It's extremely steep from all aspects, maybe you could hire a scooter, there were a lot of steps to see the crown jewels, and a fair walk around the prison too, don't think you could get a wheelchair in there.
17 July 2017|
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Response from Charlotte N | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't know for sure but I didn't see any during the day. Maybe worth checking the website?