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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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good day out and beautiful Castle

overlooking Edinburgh on its rocky outcrop, Edinburgh Castle is at the top of the Royal Mile. Great views from the walls and a great place to explore. The price is a bit steep but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

overlooking Edinburgh on its rocky outcrop, Edinburgh Castle is at the top of the Royal Mile. Great views from the walls and a great place to explore. The price is a bit steep but if you plan on visiting a number of locations I recommend getting the Historic Scotland pass (can be bought for 3 days or 7 days worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

i thoroughly enjoyed my visit here although my other half was disappointed at the lack of furniture, plenty to see but a bit blustery on the top

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Well worth your time. The castle has many exceptional things to offer from jewels to architecture, military history and vistas that take your breath away. Don't miss the Royal apartments, the Great Hall, the Prisoners Museum, the Dog Cemetery and the views. There are cafe's were you can grab a cup of tea and enjoy the views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Have visited the city many years ago and didn't do the castel then, this time it was a must. Really glad we took the time to go and have a good look around, well worth the entrance fee, the views are totally fantastic and it gives you a clear understanding why it was positioned where it is. Would recommend you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Plenty to see especially at 1.00 the gun goes off on castle ramparts. Lots to see, good views can see to across to firth of fourth The only down side tickets bit pricy

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The castle is worth a visit. You get a great view from with in, not as good as the one that can be found at Holyrood Park but still good. There's a few interesting things to see inside such as the doors to the prison of wars cells which has old graffiti ranging from different points from history on. My... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Only one piece of advise: if you're planning to visit the Edinburgh Castle, you have to do only 2 things: first of all, allows yourself with plenty of time (3 hours approx.), have lunch on site (not expensive at all...!), and you MUST be there at 1 o'clock in the afternoon (Monday to Saturday), for the cannon blast!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A great morning spent at Edinburgh Castle and I would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting Edinburgh. We did the audio tour which was excellent and very informative. One of the best castles we have visited and the views are fabulous too. It was a very cold day when we were there so we were very happy to go into... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A wonderful experience. So much history and the free guided tour was fantastic. The guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The castle has been well maintained and makes for interesting visit with crown jewels as well as the stories around its history...Additionally enjoy the views from up there....

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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.