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Edinburgh Castle

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Address: Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 9846
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor...

A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor attraction - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline for centuries. And the high volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. Today it is home to Scotland's crown jewels, three military museums, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Prisons of War exhibition, and much more. The castle offers a fabulous day out - an experience not to be missed.

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Its location and majestic look make it one of the main beauties of Edinburgh. It's a must see and well...you cannot really miss it. We didn't really go inside but the outside is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Malta
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Its location and majestic look make it one of the main beauties of Edinburgh. It's a must see and well...you cannot really miss it. We didn't really go inside but the outside is enough to make you stop and admire it for a while!

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

A thoroughly interesting place with excellent views and incredible history. I would advise you visit the Castle earlier in the day and perhaps get an audio guide.

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Cooper Landing
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Enjoyed the castle! Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time, as it cuts the line time down. The headphones let you choose how much or how little information you wanted to listen too. Plan on spending at least a 1/2 day there.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

There are lots of things to see an do in Edinburg, but the Castle is a highlight. Even if you are not a history buff, you will find something that will get your attention. The view is spectacular and well worth the hike up the hill. Stop in the coffee/tea shop for lunch or a snack, I really enjoyed the... More 

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Rochester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We visited in early February and it wasn't too busy. The weather was clear and bright sunshine so great views across the city to snow topped mountains and the coast and Forth Bridge the other side. All the staff we encountered were extremely helpful and the place itself is far bigger than we expected. We have got some great photo's... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The castle is certainly a must see and an enjoyable walk up and around it. The view is great from the castle, but there are also a lot of exhibits and even a whisky shop inside the grounds. However going up in February means its really cold, so wrap up warm.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were there for 3 hours and still didn't get round everything. Be aware of the 1pm gun....even if you're expecting it, it's a surprise!! The monument to fallen military was very moving and the old POW rooms fascinating.

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Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even though the entrance fee is high, if you like history - this is well worth it. There are three museums inside the castle, Plenty to see. You will be walking a lot and climbing a lot of steps.. so dress appropriately.

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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love going to Edinburgh castle. We are members of historic Scotland so can visit when we want which is worth the membership on its own. To much to see properly in one and maybe even two days but has so much history and links to Scotland and the U.K. well worth a visit

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful historic castle. So much to see and explore. A must see if in Edinburgh. Alot of walking. Fantastic if your into your history and even if your not still loads to keep you interested.

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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-flavored 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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