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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

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A trip to Scotland’s capital isn’t complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Part of The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site and standing majestically on top of a 340 million year-old extinct volcanic rock, the castle is a powerful national symbol. Fascinating to explore and simply unmissable.
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  • To be honest, it's not Notre dame, you would recognise it as a church, but then you wouldn't give it a second look. But it sits in the middle of Edinburgh Castle, it is tiny inside, certainly for it's...  more »
  • According to the Guide, this small chapel is the oldest building in the city. Particularly well liked the much more recent window of the tiny church. One of the images shows the proud William Wallace.
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  • Small, empty but well maintained ... Don't expect much, say that as long as pleasures will look on to down 55 seconds ...;)
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  • The main tourist attraction in Edinburgh. The Castle is well-preserved. It's basically a museum now. The audio guide is extremely detailed. Plenty of interesting things to see. The "crown jewels" exhibit is extensive, probably a bit too extensive, but very interesting nonetheless. Get there early because it gets packed fast.
  • Absolutely stunning! Amazing places to spend a day and and for what you get well worth the price. You get amazing views of the whole city and beyond. Food is a little expensive but worth it! Would suggest wrapping up warm
  • I can't recommend this castle enough, there's more to see here than you can properly fit in a day! This is a must-see for anyone visiting Edinburgh, great for everybody - and it's free for English Heritage Pass holders. There are also free castle tours that last about a half hour a day they give you a very general overview of different parts of the castle, a helpful stepping-off point for deciding your own exploration and adventure the rest of your visit. Worth visiting is the War Memorial inside the castle walls (extremely powerful site), and the Crown Jewels exhibit.
  • What an amazing place to visit, with no doubts the most beautiful attraction in Edinburgh! Even better if you have the chance to attend at the Tattoo in August! The Red Coat Cafè offer a lovely selection of cakes, hot food, sandwiches,amazing coffees with a breathtaking view of the town. If you want to treat yourself you can also visit the Tea Room and enjoy a superb Afternoon Tea!
  • We spent a good 3.5 hours visiting the castle, we purchased the audio guide and thought entry and the audio guide was reasonably priced compared to other attractions. We arrived in time to see the 1pm cannon firing which was a lovely spectacle and I would recommend you arrive in time to get a good standing spot. Beautiful views of Edinburgh and surrounding areas from the castle. A fair few steps so take your time.