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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: 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 must-see while in Edinburgh!

Historical, charming and well-kept castle grounds. Very knowledgeable staff, divulging wonderful stories about the castle. A must-see while in Edinburgh!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Historical, charming and well-kept castle grounds. Very knowledgeable staff, divulging wonderful stories about the castle. A must-see while in Edinburgh!

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dundee scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Being Scottish I could never give Edinburgh anything but 5 * especially during the festival, The entertainment is brilliant but there are also loads to see and dp , The castle, the museum, Cannongate church, Greyfriars Bobby, , Hollyrood, The Scottish parliament etc.

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Porth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Not sure what I expected, but the visit is very interesting, lots to see. Excellent views over the city, quite amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent place to visit with a family. It shows the history of the castle and has a café. The gift shop is also located within the castle

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Loads of history just wish there was a little more access to the older parts of the castle. With the huge crowds through September can be really challenging due to the festivals, to see all the sights in the castle! Aim for other times of the year when not so busy.

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Denison, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was the first castle I've ever been in and I LOVED IT! The views were amazing. Just take it slow and easy if walking is an issue for you. I was on a tour, so we had a tour guide. We got to hear them shoot the cannon off. That was awesome! Did I say the views were AWESOME?!!!!!... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

There are prisons of war in the castle.I was impressed very much. because I have never seen them.Anyway I enjoyed seeing another spots,One oclock guns,St.margaret Church,The Great Hall etc.I recommend you The cafe REDCOAT in front of the gate of the castle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Typical castle, there's several areas to explore. A typically touristy castle. There are also free tours every so often.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I think the picture from the castle are better outside than inside. For me, it's too much money to get in. At 1pm from monday to saturday (not sure about the days), there is a fire shot. I just heard it though. Check if it's possible to buy the tickets online, we took a huge queue to get in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We came around 11:30am for the noon tour and to be there in time for the 1 pm gun. The line for tickets moved quickly. Nice to have a senior discount. Free tour is certainly worth while. Very knowledgeable staff. Tour takes about 50 min. Plenty of time to line up for the gun at 1 pm. That was a... More 

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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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