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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

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A major monument of Scottish heritage and one of the world's most striking fortresses, Edinburgh Castle dominates the city's skyline. Sitting atop a large volcanic rock, the castle dates back to the 12th century. It served as the seat of Scottish royalty until the 17th century, when it became a military barracks. Today, the castle holds the Scottish crown jewels, three military museums, and a handful of exhibits. Guided tours included in the price of admission offer the most efficient and informative way to visit the castle. You'll hear highlights from its history and understand the significance of its various buildings and artifacts. After your tour, sit for tea in one of the complex's tearooms and enjoy a traditional Scottish meal in the Redcoat Cafe. Try to secure your tickets before visiting the castle to avoid waiting in line at the entrance. Add Edinburgh Castle and other attractions to your Edinburgh trip itinerary using our Edinburgh trip planning website .
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  • This was my daughter's first trip to Edinburgh. So since I had been there before - the Castle was a must! We both love history and were not disappointed. Not to mention the views of the city from up t...  more »
  • The Scottish jewels, the cannons, the views are all wonderful and worth the price of admission. But the best selling point of Edinburgh Castle is the very clear explanation of Scottish history depicte...  more »
  • We did the audio guide for our walk through. It’s great to learn about the history of Scotland and so much is learned from this castle. I think it’s a no brained that you must go and see history.  more »
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  • This was indeed fun. A lot of history here. Be prepared for steep climbs throughout. Views of the city in several directions, just beautiful. Added a photo from the haunted cemetery, photos from the Edinburgh museum at the castle, and a perfect view of Edinburgh from the castle. July 2018
  • What a place! The history, the views, the majesty! Absolutely stunning. And very well maintained and excellent services. And the red coat face was brilliant! Loved the smoked salmon. Best I've had in a long time. Do visit!
  • love history and this Castle is full of it. Great and easy to understand displays of Scottish history. Fab views of the surrounding city. Cafe on site. There is so much to see here. We were there for three hours and wish we'd stayed longer to spend more time in the military history museum and the WW1 memorial.
  • Really enjoyable afternoon! Something for all ages - my wife and I had a great time and our 2 young kids were enthralled. Best bit was the chap explaining and playing several old musical instruments.
  • Great castle! Definitely a historical landmark you should visit in Edinburgh! There are plenty of good sights all the way up to the Castle, and there is very stunning beautiful view of all the Edinburgh city from this Castle. Lots and lots of pictures you sure need to take. The view from the Castle with good weather and sunset is highly recommended.
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