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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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Description: Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost...
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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Along with Edinburgh: awesome!

Edinburgh was my favorite city on the 11-day tour I did of London/Scotland/Ireland! A free stop within Edinbrugh Castle, very interesting for history buffs :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Edinburgh was my favorite city on the 11-day tour I did of London/Scotland/Ireland! A free stop within Edinbrugh Castle, very interesting for history buffs :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Popped in here as part of our tour of Edinburgh castle. It was great. The welcome was mixed - 2 lads at the front desk chatting about their "hangovers of the past", but once you got into the Museum itself, the exhibitions, audio-visual sections and displays were great. A particularly moving exhibition was that of photos from Helmand Province. Very,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

When hearing that the national war museum of Scotland was within Edinburgh castle we were excited and looking forward to it. With Scotland's strong military history expectations were high. The subject matter is thought provoking and some of the exhibitions are worth pausing at but overall it doesn't take long to see everything and it left us a little under... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Visited this museum with friends, doesn't take long to look round. It's mainly a collection of armour, weapons, paintings and uniforms from different eras. It explains how Scottish battalions were integrated into the British army and the various wars they were involved with. It also charts the evolution of some battalions from cavalry units to modern day combat units. Whilst... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Really liked the resounding array of Naval, Regimental, and AIr Force memorabilia in a somber surrounding.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This small museum is located inside the Edinburgh Castle near a boundary wall ,where a statue of a soldier on horse is planted.The visit gives you an educational and emotional experience as well. Offers to see great collection of weaponry,uniforms,paintings,medals etc. National War Museum showcases the heroic deeds of Scotts in Boers War and World War .The movie shown is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This is the best part of the castle, spent hours in this building , the monumental stonework is brilliant, also volumes and volumes of memorial books listing the fallen of many wars worldwide, both past and present.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

A very sombre part of the Edinburgh Castle tour. Beautiful sentiments, plaques and a feeling of sadness. Respect.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We spent a significant chunk of our time at Edinburgh Castle exploring the National War Museum of Scotland. It houses uniforms, insignia, weapons, military decorations and honors, and many other items pertaining to the Scottish military and its place in the world. I particularly enjoyed the different examples of military recruitment posters and the uniforms. There is also a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

this is the best part of the castle, spent hours in this building , the monumental stonework is brilliant, also volumes and volumes of memorial books listing the fallen of many wars worldwide, both past and present, makes you feel quite emotional when reading through some of the entries.

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