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Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
+44 131 225 9846
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Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed today

Over looks the city. Took the bus tour up here, 5 min walk to start of castle entrance and quite steep, I would recomend you be fit for this but well worth it

Thank colin l
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Reviewed today

The Edinburgh castle is an amazing sight to see, what's more, the military still use parts of the castle. The two most fascinating attractions for me were, the jewels, crown and staff as well as St Margret's Chapel, which is the oldest surviving building in...More

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Reviewed today

Very well kept and informative. Worth a visit. The weather was bad when we visited. Prior reservation is recommended.

Thank Banjo56
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Reviewed today

Its like walking into history. the walk leading up to it is really spectacular. the bagpipe changing of the guard is fun. Be aware their are bus loads of tourists starting their tours.

Thank rogermussenden
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Reviewed today

Get there early in the day if you're visiting during the holidays or on the weekend. If you want to see the crown jewels go there first to avoid queues later. You can go via the exhibition (much more informative but needs a little updating)...More

Thank Lizard1989
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Reviewed today

We paid to go here on our first trip to Edinburgh and it's low on my list to recommend to people. If you had to choose I would do the dungeons, ghost walk or the vaults over the castle and the zoo. It was a...More

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Edinburgh castle is must see place in Edinburgh we went on sunny day, Easly get tickets from Window, Interior, war museum, great views and panorama from the top. Lovely day out.

Thank haither55
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I was born in Edinburgh and having lived there up to adulthood tend to take old home town for granted. It was really heartwarming to appreciate the historical beauty of Edinburgh Castle through a friends eyes for first time. Efficient friendly ticket service, great access...More

Thank Lydia S
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Reviewed today

Great castle, although no where near the best castle I've visited. I'd say overpriced too. Nicely mapped with numbers to follow. My advice to anyone thinking of going is don't go on a Saturday. Coming from the highlands to the hustle and bustle of the...More

Thank Craig D
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Reviewed yesterday

a must one , you can see this castle from every corner of the city , its one a hill top .. makes you think about harry potter or GOT more

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
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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
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drspoon2010
28 May 2018|
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Response from douglasmh | Reviewed this property |
It was not steep at all and there are steps. It is worth the climb
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ArnarBergur
19 May 2018|
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Response from somam | Reviewed this property |
You can take a printout of the receipt and tickets will be issued against it at the ticket counter of the castle. You will be allowed to go inside once they check the timeslot in receipt. Ticket counter is inside the castle... More
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beckypfyeung
11 May 2018|
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Response from Joey W |
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