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Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, 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.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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Reviewed today via mobile

Most Christmas I go to Edinburgh to visit my brother and his family. We have done nearly everything there is to do but we hadn’t done the castle so this year it was the first thing we did! We decided to book a tour -...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good to know - book online and print tickets in advance - expect a lot of people - pictures are allowed in most areas - information is available in the museas but limited outside (we didn't purchased audio due to the long queue) - you...More

Thank Guid0_1981
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Expected the castle to be a little bit more than it was. Please don't get me wrong it has stunning views and the atmosphere is on par with other great castles around the country. But it was lacking in something, again the views were amazing...More

Thank Gavin H
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Reviewed yesterday

I'm glad I went. it is not to be missed, even if it is more difficult than it should be. Don’t believe the Edinburgh Castle website page on “access for all”. It says there is a mobility assistance vehicle to take people from the entrance...More

Thank MarcynLA
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a day out at the castle - caught the gun at 1.30 and had a gentle wander to the castle and back. Plenty to see and great live performance in the great hall at 2pm brought the Jacobite rebellion to life. Wonderful to...More

Thank fm0ffatt
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Reviewed yesterday

We did a short guided tour of the castle, which gave us an entertaining overview of what we were seeing. We purchased advance tickets on-line, which eliminated some time standing in line. We were there on apparently the first sunny day Edinburgh had seen in...More

Thank 2dogs2014
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you want to know part of Scotland history, you should visit this castle. Very interesting with a lot of history and a wonderful view of Edinburgh. Recommended.

Thank Belkis P
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Reviewed yesterday

There are hundreds of years of history on display at this fine castle. It is a cornerstone of the evolution of Edinburgh and well worth the visit.

Thank Gary M
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Reviewed yesterday

Came to the castle and they had a free tour every 30 minutes or so. Very informative guide and you could hear every word! The cast is still an active garrison, so there are areas you cannot go into. However, the areas you can are...More

Thank Tiffany D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great tour with Australian David! I booked it thru Viator. David was quite entertaining and very knowledgeable regarding Scottish history! He made our tour quite enjoyable! David,thanks for the great tour today!

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ArnarBergur
19 May 2018|
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Response from somam | Reviewed this property |
You can take a printout of the receipt and tickets will be issued against it at the ticket counter of the castle. You will be allowed to go inside once they check the timeslot in receipt. Ticket counter is inside the castle... More
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beckypfyeung
11 May 2018|
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Response from Joey W |
Yes, plenty of option. I get a 30-day 10GB data and 150minute call phone card for $20 pound. Would have cost me $60 USD to get 1GB data from AT&T from USA.
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san20sg
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Response from Pipo2968 | Reviewed this property |
This is a castle not a theme park. If u do go, plan to spend ~4hours that should cover all the grounds. Try to catch the free tour which will give u an idea what to see and where to go. There’s a cafe inside the castle... More
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