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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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  • A very nice visit, rich in explanations; a view on the surrounding area and for people who speak good English guided tours are free.
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  • Great day looking round castle for the first time even though it was raining still had a good visit plenty to do and see  more »
  • Great views over Edinburgh. Interesting buildings. Steep sections not suitable for disabled. Expensive entry fee - but book online; queues at ticket desk.  more »
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  • Not cheap to get in, but there is a lot to see and I imagine it's expensive to maintain! Purchasing tickets online in advance is recommended. We found that it didn't make a great deal of difference if you got in early, but by midday the queue for tickets was snaking around quite a way. We enjoyed the guided tour but did not try the audio tour. Most of the on-site museums and displays were very engaging but we could have skipped the regimental ones.
  • Excellent location, nice walk up The Royal Mile to this stunning castle. It's about £16.50 per person so I recommend buying a Historic Scotland pass for about £40.00 if you think you will be visiting a few times, plus it will give access to all the other HS sites across Scotland. We were lucky enough to visit on the Queens birthday so there was a military procession on with cannon fires in celebration. Tons of history and I would recommend a full day plus the tour guides are excellent, they know so much history about not just the castle but stories from surrounding areas through the hundreds of years in Scottish history of Edinburgh Old Town. Great cafe and prices are very reasonable. Wrap up warm though as many areas are sheltered & windy but be prepared to be changing between a fleece or t-shirt on warmer days.
  • A really cool place to walk back in time. Not the most ornate castle, it was definitely built for defense and is an impressive sight. There are many things to see and mysteries to unfold. I highly recommend it, but do yourself a favor and buy your tickets online and bring some comfy walking shoes, you will be glad you did.
  • Edinburgh Castle is a hugely popular tourist destination and with good reason. This historic location truly lives up to the hype; set aside a whole morning or afternoon when you visit because there is so much to see including the Scottish crown jewels, three museums, a chapel that dates back hundreds upon hundreds of years and a whisky gift shop that offers free tasters. When I went, it coincided with the Queen's birthday and so there was a gun salute as well as a marching band and changing of the guard ceremonies. That's only once a year but it's the best time to go, if you can schedule your visit again. Also, do we award that there is a lot of walking and the hills are especially steep so it's not ideal if you're not able bodied.
  • Beautiful and amazing historic place. It was a sunny day even though still cold but we enjoyed the scenery and surroundings. I suggest you wear a pair of comfortable shoes as there are many stairs and the area is a bit hilly. It is well maintained and we can see the new town from the top. We spent around 2 hours there, taking pictures and looking around inside the Castle.
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