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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
Activities: Getting married, Walking
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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If you like history and castles, visit this place

My favourite attraction when I was in Edinburgh. In the city centre so very easy to get there. Every day at 1pm you be there to see the canon fire.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

One place you cannot miss. Take the time for this wonderful place of history. A bit cool this time of year.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My favourite attraction when I was in Edinburgh. In the city centre so very easy to get there. Every day at 1pm you be there to see the canon fire.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A fun, informative place to visit. Great to see heritage preserved. Fantastic views of the city below.

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Washington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Well worth the money also the extra for the audio guide, spent hours in the museums inside. The Scottish crowd jewels were crowded but also great

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Edinburgh Castle is steeped in history and well worth a visit. It isn't that big comprising of different buildings all beautiful and well preserved/restored. There is a free guided tour- it only takes around half an hour and gives you an interesting insight into the history of the castle- but it was not always easy to hear what the guide... More 

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Fox Island, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Interesting to visit but some of the galleries (in particular the Crown Jewels display) was quite manufactured. Be sure to visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and plan on at least two hours.

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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a little tourist-trappy. L 20 entrance fee to the castle and once you're in they trap you into buying more! Cafes and Whiskey, etc. Lots of crowds. It rained pretty hard on us and folks crammed into the inner parts of the castle to see the exhibits. They have turned a lot of the "inside places" into twisty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Having travelled on the bus tours and taking many pictures from afar and there were many. Actually visiting the castle was an eye opener. Although the crown jewels weren't as 'plentiful' as ours they were still outstanding. The 1o'clock gun was a custom not to be missed. Oh and the pet cemetery was quite thought provoking to be honest. All... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The castle is an essential part of any trip to Edinburgh and I found it to be good value for money. There are lots of little museums within the castle, which give a detailed background to the history of the castle and the people who have stayed there over time. The atmosphere was nice, there were some living history demonstrations... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit and ran out of time. They have really thought about it and they have made it very interactive. We had a free 30 minute tour the prices in the shops were very reasonable. Notthe usual tourist rip off. I do suggest that you prepurchase your tickets so that you donot have to stand in line for... More 

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Address: Address: Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 9846
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Average Prices: USD 16 - 16

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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.