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Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
+44 131 225 9846
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #20 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Castles
Activities: Walking, Getting married
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor attraction - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline for centuries. And... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The castle is one of Edinburgh's not to be missed attractions. You probably already know that, but so does everybody else... so the crowds can be overwhelming. Here's a couple of tips: definitely buy your tickets ahead of time and avoid the lineups... they can be enormous! You can buy online and pick up your ticket at the "quick track"... More

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Clayton, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This old castle sits high on the hill and overlooks the city! I wish I had been able to spend more time here. Its got lots of small rooms and halls you can go in. I enjoyed seeing St. Margaret's Chapel, its the oldest thing in Edinburgh. The highlight of my visit was the WWI chapel, very beautiful memorial! Would... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Jewel in the crown of tourist attractions! Towering over the city, the most famous building in Scotland, beautiful, majestic, breathtaking with in the fabulous views of the city! The great exhibitions in the wonderful place. Without a visit to the castle you can not say you visit Edinburgh :)

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Vancouver, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
61 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We started off our trip here with a bit of a struggle. We bought vouchers online for our tickets, and expected we could use the e-voucher when arriving. Instead we found out they only accept printed vouchers. We were told to e-mail the voucher to the manager from our phone, however being from Canada we did not have very good... More

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Malvern, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Felt like we were being churned through. Very busy (as we expected) but we also felt that, as visitors, once they had got our money (which was a lot), we were pretty much abandoned. Why were we not offered a guide or map on entry? It really felt like they did not need to try. They were complacent. The only... More

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Bedford
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic place. Need to be quite fit as some of the area is pretty steep. Plenty to see and do while you are there, including regimental museums, historic areas, the one o'clock cannon being fired to name a few.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Although the guides are not emplyed by the castle, I feel that they still represent the public face of the castle. One male guide in particular is very rude and obnoxious (Monday 28th July 2014 waiting in the queue at opening time). Plenty to see and do here for all ages.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The castle is expensive bit this doesn't seem to put off the crowds. There are lots of exhibits of historic interest and fine views over the city when the weather allows.

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Budapest, Hungary
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I spent 6 hours here, they had to usher us from the place :D I think that says enough :D There are various exhibitions, you can see a short movie about what warfare meant for Scottish people. The restaurants and cafes are really nice and the people who work there (even at the ticket office) are really lovely and chatty... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

a real must see for all visitors. Last time we visited the castle was in 1971 and have for many years looked forward to a longer visit. Spent over half the day here and enjoyed every minute of it. The preaparations were well on the way for the Edinburgh Tattoo and we look forward to seeing it on the TV... More

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