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Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

188 reviews
Sights and Museums, Performing Arts, Outdoors, Children's Activities, Historic Site
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Castlehill, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
0131 225 9846
http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/
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Standing watch over Edinburgh, this fortress has played a big part in Scottish military history. Set on the site of an ancient volcano, it's worth looking at this castle from below to get a sense of ... Read more
how imposing it must have looked to hostile armies. These walls have repelled many English invaders, but they've also had to face the medieval equivalent of an aerial bombardment (think big rocks hurtling through the air). Keep a close eye out for the ghost who supposedly haunts the castle -- he's a headless drummer who's still trying to rally the troops. In August during the Edinburgh Festival, hundreds of British drums and pipes, international military bands and traditionally costumed Scottish dancers entertain the masses at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Local from Edinburgh

You can’t miss it, and it’s sat on an extinct volcano. Worth the trek even if you don’t pay to go inside, Edinburgh castle is packed with history and detail.

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Key Biscayne

A must do visit for anyone visiting Edinburgh.
The castle is at the center of Edinburgh and at the center of much of its history.
See the castle from the inside and the Crown Jewels as well.

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Mountain View

I love how anywhere you go in Edinburgh as you walk through the city streets you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of the castle high on the hill when you’re not expecting it. Also it helps a direction-challenged person like me navigate the city.

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Local from Edinburgh

If you can handle the crowds (maybe May, when I came, is just an extra busy time of year?), this is a wonderful place to wander for a few hours. There are lots of things to do within the castle walls, including smaller museums like the prison museum (complete with some fascinating historic graffiti) and the Scottish Crown Jewels, and a cafe and tea house. Plus plenty of spots to take photos of the amazing views of the city below. An afternoon well spent.

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There has been a royal castle on the castle rock since the 12th century. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, it has been involved in many conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite rising of 1745. There have been 26 sieges of the castle in its 1100 year history, making it the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world. It is now the second most popular tourist attraction in Scotland, after the National Museum, with 1.78 million visitors in 2017

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Wethersfield

The most dominating part of the Edinburgh Skyline. Edinburgh Castle sits atop a cliff over-looking the city at one end of the royal mile. The castle has been such a big part of the history of the city and the history of Scotland as a whole. From iron age hill fort to medieval castle, this place has a ton to see and do.

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Local from Edinburgh

Beautiful landmark that is synonymous with Edinburgh and times long-gone.

I prefer to view from afar to avoid the crowds ! You can also go inside for a fee.

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Barcelona

I have been to Edinburgh numerous times, and I still find the castle so stunning. It’s definitely worth the entrance fee to wonder around inside the castle walls, learn about the history, and take in some amazing views.

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Local from Edinburgh

A tourist masterpiece. It is not only in the center of the city, it is basically the emblem of it and shapes the whole area. A must-see!

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San Francisco

Went with my husband and stayed at a rental from hotel.com called the Rose ... beautiful rental and close to the castle and historical district. Definitely see Queens Mary of Scots castle for a nice view.

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London

I was genuinely impressed by the castle and honestly, Edinburgh in general. Somehow this city seems clearly tourist friendly while still maintaining some magic.

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Local from Edinburgh

Great views of the centre from the walls. The interior is a museum to the history of the castle and its residents which has a lot of material for the interested.

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Budapest

Very nice place with a good view for the city. Closed quiet early (5PM), you'll spend here 1-2 hours there.

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Marsaxlokk

A wonderful and well-maintained piece of history. This was an informative and enjoyable morning despite the inclement weather.

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One of Scotland's most visited tourist attractions and well worth seeing. Get there around 1.00pm to hear the cannon being fired.

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San Jose

Supper touristic but it is a must if you come to Edinburgh . It is the most important place for Scottish people so if you want to learn anything about their history and tradition you need to go there . The view of the city is spectacular from the castle

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Menlo Park

I always felt somewhat disappointed by Buckingham Palace. Sure, there's the guards, but it doesn't look like a castle. This place, however, is awesome. Take the guided tour- it's free with your admission ticket. The history of the castle is amazing.

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Sunderland

Beautiful, imposing. It so is the admission. During busy times it's charm is lost due to the influx of visitors

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Dublin

Beautiful monument, great history and a good variety of audio guides on the tour, but the guide guy wasn't that good on his job, specially considering the value of the ticket. The place is great, amazing views and artifacts but was a little bit expensive.

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La Coruna

A must visit when you arrive to Scotland's beautiful capital. The most emblematic building of Edinburgh is very easy to find, interesting to visit and it has very good views from there. As was said, a must.

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