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Edinburgh Castle

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Address: Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 9846
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Walking, Getting married
Description: 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. Book online with us for fast track tickets to beat the queues!
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A hole day worth of seeing

A lot to see with small museums in different parts of the castle and even the Crown Jewels.. Only backside is as of rest of Edinburgh museums is they all close around 5pm

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

A lot to see with small museums in different parts of the castle and even the Crown Jewels.. Only backside is as of rest of Edinburgh museums is they all close around 5pm

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This is a sight you have to see - the most famous sight in Edinburgh. But I was a bit disappointed with it. It looks great from outside, the view from the castle is amazing, but this is it. The entrance is not cheap, and I was expecting something more spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We visited on Easter Sunday and after queuing for 30mins + we walked in joined one of the talks which was great. The guide who's name I have forgotten sounded like Sarah Millican :-) There was lots of activities going on with people in costumes and talking through life and time activities. Weather was kind that weekend so good time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Having watched the tattoo numerous time on the tv, I thought this was a lot bigger. Never the less this was sensational. love the big hall and all the armaments. We were fortuitous enough to visit this a a lovely day and sat out side an had coffee

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the castle. There was lots to see. The views across edinburgh were fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Loved the cannons and the short guided tour. It's not like the Tower of London and definitely the poor cousin. I expected to see yeomen but just tour guides and military precence although it is a working army base. It is big and grand and the view is great

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We didn't get a guide but joined the free tour which was a well presented introduction to the buildings and their history. Generally enjoyed having a look in the buildings, I feel like the display leading up to the honours could do with updating. Unfortunately the war museum was closed due to industrial action. The former prisons are worth a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Went to edinbugh castle today with an 8 year old and 10 year old boys. It was all very good. and the talk from Rob in the great hall was fabulous brilliant interaction with the children . The talk was informative fun and interesting guns swords chain mail and Helmets. then followed by Laura in the kings birth place just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Despite the long queue - we didn't mind so much due to the glorious weather - Edinburgh Castle was really a superb place to visit. Aside from the usual things you see in castles around the UK, the gun show at 1pm was quite amazing. Make sure you get there in advance so that you get a good view of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

veru spupprised by excelend conditions of the castle, nice part of history and beautyfull views from it

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Staying in Old Town

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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.