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Edinburgh Castle

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Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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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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Must Do In Edinburgh

you cant come to Edinburgh and not come here. Well worth the 3-4 hours exploring and good value for money.

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5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

you cant come to Edinburgh and not come here. Well worth the 3-4 hours exploring and good value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is really an excellent landmark, the views you have from the castle over Edinburgh are breathtaking and the way the castle details the history there is fantastic. Managed to go when the 1 o'clock gun was being fired and that was fantastic. Would happily recommend it to everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a fantastic day at the castle and the staff were s friendly and very helpful. my two boys loved the gun going off at 1 o clock and we will be coming back again !!

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Portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We got on the tram at the park and ride near the airport and were very impressed with how thought out the system was in its design. On reaching Edinburgh we realised what people had said about the stairs. It was well worth the climb. You will not be disappointed. Make sure you get your selfie with William Wallace. we... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

An amazing experience going to the castle. Very beautiful view of the whole city, as well as a lot of interesting things to see, like the war museum or the crown jewels. The boy who gave us the tickets was very very nice!

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Nottingham UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

It may be expensive for some at £16 for adults but there are other reduced tickets available, We had to queue for about 40 minutes to buy tickets on the day of the visit - ordering them on the website would save time. We spent about 2.5 hours in the castle grounds but could have easily have spent a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Such a fabulous castle with a long history. Loads to see, so many exhibitions you really need a good 3-4 hours to take it all in. Would quite like to visit again

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

There is lots to do in Edinburgh Castle - you wont spend much money if you take a packed lunch - there is lots of space for young kids to run around and lots of history obviously

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful & ancient castle remains intact in the world, which witness a long history of Scotland in particularly and England generally

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

As the first castle we saw in Scotland this was fine, however it had a bit too much colored paint and obvious recreations for my taste. It was not the most restored we had seen but close. Its a nice view and if the weather is nice, pleasant to stroll through but is pretty dang pricey for what you get.

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