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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Edinburgh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Edinburgh Castle and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Have been here twice. Once the castle was being set up for the tattoo so we couldn't go in ( but still interesting). Second time , we did a tour all around the castle which was very interesting. Enjoy...  more »
  • We visited as a couple and was very impressed with the castle. It has many different areas and all are very interesting. The crown jewels are beautiful and we spent 3 hours at the castle which is good...  more »
  • Came across the free sightseeing tour by mistake. Really worth doing to get an insight into the buildings and history. The prisons are really worth seeing as are the Scottish Crown Jewels. 
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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.