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National War Museum of Scotland

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Address: Edinburgh Castle | Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0300 1236789
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Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles...

Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost and won are told through military artefacts and personal collections. Find out about the life of Scots at war, from the First World War trenches to the Home Front, and learn how conflicts, both at home and abroad, have shaped Scotland's image and reputation over the centuries.

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Great Museum in the Castle

We visited the Castle with the plan to just view the grounds but decided to visit the museums as we got up to the Castle early. The museum is well laid out & easy to move around... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Lurgan, United Kingdom

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Lurgan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited the Castle with the plan to just view the grounds but decided to visit the museums as we got up to the Castle early. The museum is well laid out & easy to move around the exhibits. It has a lot of history attached to the castle & would be well worth the visit. It also has a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Despite the fantastic location at the heart of Edinburgh's military history, the National War Museum of Scotland fails to live up to expectations. As someone who has visited war museums in other Commonwealth countries, I can say that this one offers a subpar experience. Though it is free, it does not delve nearly as much into Scottish military history as... More 

Thank NorthernWanderlust
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience; all part of visiting Edinburgh castle, this is a must. Also there is a little gift shop inside

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent way to spend an hour at the castle which give a good account of Scottish war history past and present.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful collection inside of this museum. The audio guide that you can purchase near the entrance to the Castle is worth it - as it explains in detail the wonderful art and artefacts you will see as you go through Scottish War history. Wonderful.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went into the National War Museum of Scotland for the second time during our most recent visit to Edinburgh Castle. We had enjoyed our visit to this museum so much, during our first visit to the castle that we did not hesitate for a second, to take this opportunity to go into the museum again. The superb depiction of... More 

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New Brunswick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two couples from Canada from military families with two of us being retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, such a well laid out and displayed tribute to those who go in harms way so that we may walk free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very moving experience as all the regiments are represented in simple yet tasteful fashion. This is one stop in the overall Edinburgh Castle experience and takes but a few moments to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Almost did not do this when we visited Edinburgh castle - but glad we did (included in the entry fee). Charts the history of Scottish fighting men and women from the clans through to present day. Not Scottish but some of the exhibits brought a tear to my eye.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I found this war museum to be chock full of artifacts from Scotland's extensive military history. The displays tell a fascinating story of how Scotland's military was an integral part of life in Scotland. I especially enjoyed viewing the numerous pieces of armor and weapons used by the Highlanders.

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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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