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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed yesterday

Brilliant visit to a national Scottish treasure! Well planned and thought out to help even the daftest of visitors! A must for an Edinburgh visit!!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's an stunning castle. there is much to see. quite crowded, so take care of the best time to visit. you can't miss it if uou are in Edinburgh.

Thank Pilar M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You probably feel you have to do the castle - don’t. Whilst the views are nice, you can get better ones for free from Arthur’s Seat or Carlton Hill. The castle itself is nothing particularly special as much of the site consists of a sprawling...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You cannot fault a visit here in any circumstances. Stunning views of the city, a real working castle, Crown Jewels, state apartments, Edinburgh Castle has it all. Not only that but the place is steeped in history. Buy your tickets online and jump the queues....More

Thank Greybeard6
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Reviewed yesterday

The Edinburgh Castle is a must see while you are in Scotland. We missed the 1 o'clock firing of the cannon due to timing of our tour. During the visit, the lines weren't bad and our tour guide was really knowledgable and helped us to...More

Thank Malesso_Traveler
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was very beautiful inside, and I would 100% recommend getting the audio guide. However it was slightly in the pricer side

Thank Jaclyn L
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We hit the castle at the perfect time with virtually no queues. We bought tickets a little before 2 pm on a Thursday and spent 2.5 hours exploring the castle, but you could easily spend more time here. A helpful employee (Mark?) told us that...More

Thank Kathryn A
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went on the guided tour with Richard, who was entertaining, knowledgeable and made the day great fun.

Thank Wayne R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Castle was a diffident tourist destination. It was alright but packed with tourists. Many other better things to do in Edinburgh

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great place to visit! Wish that we had a better view walking towards the castle they had a venue set up for an event. Would recommend doing a guided tour to get the gist of the history.

Thank jessica m
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that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
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the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Reanne B
19 July 2018|
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Response from carl r | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine it means you can’t take it in with you , but can’t be 100% certain.
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Rexhattle2
5 July 2018|
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Response from rabbit169 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Rexhattle2 - it truly depends. On average, allow 2 to 2-1/2 hours. If you have great interest in history, be it the castle, military/battle history and or perusing through gift shops, you may require more. But if... More
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Thomas D
4 July 2018|
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Response from Brandon F | Reviewed this property |
Purchase the tickets through Edinburgh Castle's website. You will be given a very generic time frame for entrance. Then - VERY IMPORTANT - check your email for a confirmation number and make note of it. Go to the castle... More
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