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National War Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle Castle Hill | Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
+44 300 123 6789
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Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost and won are told through military artefacts and personal collections. Find out about the life of Scots at war, from the First World War trenches to the Home Front, and learn how conflicts, both at home and abroad, have shaped Scotland's image and reputation over the centuries.
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Edinburgh Castle Castle Hill | Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
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+44 300 123 6789
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Reviewed yesterday

Found a map showing all the clan lands in here that answered some family questions. Loved the history and displays and the docent was quite nice answering questions. It's a must do in Edinburgh.

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Not much to say - you really have to go there to get the full impact. The take-home message is in part that many, many people, both men and women, have contributed to their country's defence because of their ideals of freedom. And also, that...More

Thank traveling-family-o-4
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interesting museum with so much Scottish history and filled with items from the past. It's one of the other Venues within the Edinburgh castle. You will need time to go through it if you're interested in reading everything. It's free of charge with the...More

Thank ukienomad
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great museum that has the material very well presented and documented for easy of reading and understanding. Provides interest and information on the many wars that took place in the area. Great for understanding history and the way people lived throughout Scotland.

Thank gbmontreal
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is free as you have access once you pay the entrance fee to Edinburgh Castle ( not sure if you gain access without paying for the Castle tour) . To be fair space is limited on the hill so the museum displays have limited...More

Thank dkeith
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very small museum packed with memorabilia and information. I didn't have much time, so I skipped some of the exhibits, but each and every one was absolutely packed with detailed information and interesting tidbits about the Scottish military. It's a little mish-mash...More

Thank Leah v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In all honesty, this is not my scene. My husband loves this stuff and could not say enough about it. Lots of military history and the "traditions". It was very well done and organized. If this is your "thing", you will be thrilled.

1  Thank Julia F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is totally loaded with so much information. You need adequate time to slowly go through and read about each of the displays.

1  Thank Jeffrey M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a part of the Edinburgh Castle experience, is was okay. But i would never pay to get ind there just for that. The museum is very small, and also less constructet. You're not always sure about the time or year of the many wars.

1  Thank deyeys
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to learn a lot about Scottish history, this is a good place to come (also good on rainy days). If you are looking for a state-of-art, interactive, electronic, virtual reality type of museum....this would not be it. This is an older-style museum...More

1  Thank og84
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
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Yes, tattoo is an evening performance.