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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

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A major monument of Scottish heritage and one of the world's most striking fortresses, Edinburgh Castle dominates the city's skyline. Sitting atop a large volcanic rock, the castle dates back to the 12th century. It served as the seat of Scottish royalty until the 17th century, when it became a military barracks. Today, the castle holds the Scottish crown jewels, three military museums, and a handful of exhibits. Guided tours included in the price of admission offer the most efficient and informative way to visit the castle. You'll hear highlights from its history and understand the significance of its various buildings and artifacts. After your tour, sit for tea in one of the complex's tearooms and enjoy a traditional Scottish meal in the Redcoat Cafe. Try to secure your tickets before visiting the castle to avoid waiting in line at the entrance. Add Edinburgh Castle and other attractions to your Edinburgh trip itinerary using our Edinburgh trip planning website.
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  • The castle is the most important building in Scotland. Despite of the pandemic measures in place we had great time walking around the castle. And the one o'clock gun shot is like a cherry on top of.....  more »
  • For any new or infrequent visitors to Edinburgh a trip to the castle is a must. Not only is the the history of the city centred around the castle, the views are the best from the high vantage point...  more »
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  • This is one of the things one has to do when in Edinburgh. The castle was actually used as a fortress for almost 1000 years, and was also used as a prison as recent as WW2. They offer free guides quite frequently, and our guide Lynn was amazing. Very knowledgeable, and who can pass an opportunity to listen to that Scottish accent. Loved it!
  • Loved walking around this castle it has such a grand presence and is so well maintained. However, if your thinking of visiting and have mobility issues i suggest taking a cab or driving up to the castle. The walk up the hill is no joke.

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