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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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  • Gosh the line for the tickets it's HUGE! So if you can, buy them online, it's so much better. 20 pounds if I remember correctly, but totally worth it. You are going to spend up to 2-3 hours inside to be able to see everything. If you're expecting to see the stone of destiny be also prepared to wait a lot and to go back home with no pictures of it, since you can't take photos/videos. All in all it's worth the visit. I'd recommend to be there in the morning so you can actually see a lot more and then go back to the royal mile to grab something to eat. The view from the top is gorgeous. Take a look at the maps they're going to give you so you can get around much more easily through the many halls.
  • Incredible place. I was happy there was so much to see and the audio guide was very informative. I am also glad there were so many places to sit and just take in all the grand views. It took a while to get get through the tickets line, but we'll worth the wait, and money. At exactly 1pm each day a modern artillery gun is fired. The tradition dates back to 1861. It helped ship's captains set their clocks, allowing them to navigate more accurately. It's very loud.
  • Edinburgh Castle is the main landmark of the city and is visible from most places around the city centre due to its location on top of a volcanic rock, which is also where the Royal Mile begins. Tickets to access the castle can be bought online (this is recommended particularly in high season) or at the box office located at the entrance. All the different buildings inside are exceptionally well preserved and there are all sorts of things to see, such as how prisoners used to live in the dungeons, weapon exhibitions, a chapel, etc, with the main attraction being the crown jewels and the history of all the Scottish monarchs. During August the Royal Military Tattoo is a must-see event. Last but not least, the views of the city from the esplanade are magnificent and should not be missed.
  • A must-visit wonderful destination in Scotland! They say it takes on average about 2 hours to cover the entire castle as a walk through, but can easily take longer depending on how much time you spend in each area. My family and I had a blast coming here, the views from the castle overlooking the city are truly breathtaking. Most of the facility is wheelchair accessible with the exception of a few areas that only have stairs. It's of course family friendly, and they have done a wonderful job preserving the history of the castle. Walking through the castle really felt like we were taking a walk through time and peeking into the lives of the previous nations. The surrounding area is also great, plenty of really tasty restaurants and gift shopping places to check out that makes for a great day trip for everyone.
  • Beautiful castle grounds and buildings, but there 8s nothing really worth seeing inside the buildings, except maybe the war memorial. Otherwise, the crown jewels are fun to see because of what they are, but aren't exactly awe inspiring. And the war museums aren't so extensive either. It's worth going for the views, though. Although the entry tariff is pretty steep for what you see.
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