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Edinburgh Castle

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Address: Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor...

A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor attraction - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline for centuries. And the high volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. Today it is home to Scotland's crown jewels, three military museums, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Prisons of War exhibition, and much more. The castle offers a fabulous day out - an experience not to be missed.

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Lovely grounds

The park and green space is beautiful. The castle is amazing but the guided tour wasn't great. Maybe it was just our guide. The castle is well worth the visit and a must see while... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The park and green space is beautiful. The castle is amazing but the guided tour wasn't great. Maybe it was just our guide. The castle is well worth the visit and a must see while in Edinburgh.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went during the children's Easter holidays. We didn't great the audio - didn't feel we missed out anything. Thoroughly enjoyed going through the castle and seeing various exhibitions. Firing of the gun takes place inside the castle near the cafe (near to the main entrance) this is once a day and happens at 1pm - a must see! We were... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a great day me and my husband have had exploring this wonderful place filled with a rich history,we started off with the tour with a wonderful guide but sorry to say i can't remember his name then we were left to explore by ourselves. Have to say the high light for both of us was the 1pm gun it's... More 

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Thank Tracey752015
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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The castle is an absolute must, and needs a good day to go round everything and experience the full effect and history. The tour is well worth doing and gives a good history or the castle and Scotland, with some surprising nuggets of information. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable as most of the staff seemed to be, great... More 

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Thank Wil113
Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see if you are in Scotland. It was the highlight of our trip. Make sure to go early and wear comfortable shoes because its a long walk with lots of hills.

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Thank APowell125
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Brilliant show to see can't wait for next trip in august it's one of those spectacles best seen live trouble is it's on when the fringe festival is on and as a result the hotels over charge for your stay even when your trying to book well in advance so apart from that its absolutely brilliant

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Thank Geoff H
Oxford, United Kingdom
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The castle is very imposing, both from a distance and close up. There was quite a queue of people waiting to buy tickets when we arrived but the queue moved very quickly. It's quite expensive to get in but there is a lot to see and we did take advantage of the "free" introductory talk from a guide which runs... More 

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A great day walking round the castle. Lots to see and read and the 1pm gun is a must (not avail on Sundays though) It is more military than a traditional castle experience I would say, but still worth the money and the visit Recommend and would come again!

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This is a great place to see all of Edinburgh. The surrounding features are stunning and the castle is a great Way to spend a dry day in Edinburgh. Take an umbrella if it's wet as the castle has plenty areas that are outside.

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Be sure to get the audio guide because it's very educational. The highlight inside is the Scottish National War Memorial. Put away your camera and phone and take a moment to think about the lives lost to war. The stained glass windows commemorating the armed forces are inspiring (postcards are available at the info center at the entrance to the... More 

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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