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National War Museum of Scotland

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Address: Edinburgh Castle Castle Hill | Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
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Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost...

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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Crowd Control a bit "iffy"

The Castle visit was fantastic, and NWMofS was also very impressive. The day was very busy and the weather was hot. There were not enough staff to control the crowds. This is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
John T
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Castle visit was fantastic, and NWMofS was also very impressive. The day was very busy and the weather was hot. There were not enough staff to control the crowds. This is my only complaint.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is pretty good, but not top-notch like other military museums I've visited in other countries. Worth visiting if you visit the Edinburgh Castle.

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Indian Land, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The War Memorial at the Castle is the best War Memorials i have seen to date. The records are so well maintained...a touching tribute to all those who have served in times of trouble

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not especially interested in military regalia, but I am sure this museum would be fascinating if you were. The artefacts were displayed in an interesting way. I didn't spot much to capture the imagination of children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was wonderful to see the history behind the brave men and women who have fought and given their lives.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant surprise whilst visiting the castle. The museum details the history of the armed forces from past to present with many interactive stations. It goes on and on. Bearing in mind entrance is included in your fee into the castle as are the other attractions, makes £16.50 a bargain.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is included with your entrance to the castle. It is nice military museum, tracing the military history of Scotland. I found it slightly disjointed at times.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of information about the Scottish regiments in the British army. History by the bucket load and its all part of the castle exhibitions.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a view, particularly as it is included in the price of the castle entry. Lots of interesting artefacts and exhibitions spanning a long era of Scotland's military history. Would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

So much interesting history and great exhibits...I wish it was longer! Make sure you check out the little ship made of bone and the helmet of a soldier that protected him from a ROCKET LAUNCHER! I won't spoil any more for you!

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