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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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Worth a visit if you are in the castle

Good museum, bigger then it looks when you first walk in. Myself and my nan enjoyed looking at the uniforms and reading up on the history of Scottish military.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Good museum, bigger then it looks when you first walk in. Myself and my nan enjoyed looking at the uniforms and reading up on the history of Scottish military.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

With a backdrop of bagpipes, it is interesting and informative to tour the National War Museum of Scotland at the castle, taking a moment to pause and reflect about enormous sacrifices made. All ages will enjoy seeing the uniforms and facsimiles of paintings documenting history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The War Museum is part of the Edinburgh Castle so if you're in the Castle you should definitely take the time to go check it out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I expected to spend maybe half an hour here and ended up staying for three. As a non-UK national with no military background, I was really drawn in. The list of women who died in WW1 really affected me, many from my own country or at least with Irish names. I would recommend to all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A very nice Castle full of Scotland history. It is a place where heroes for all eras where recognized. The Castle is placed in a very fortified placed and with one of the wonderful views!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Really great displays and the information that is there is very informative. Great little tidbits of history all within the walls of Edinburgh Castle. Really lovely to actually have an exhibit there, not just an empty castle like so many of them are.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is an excellent military museum, with the exhibits being carefully conserved and displayed. The emphasis is on the artifacts, and not on time-wasting boards to read.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Been here many times over the years and there is usually a really interesting exhibition going on as well as all the things that are there permanently. Good cafes and facilities as well.

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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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