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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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We went with kids and there was a good deal to catch and hold their interest. The adults enjoyed it too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Lynn M

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

We went with kids and there was a good deal to catch and hold their interest. The adults enjoyed it too.

Thank Lynn M
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

If you go to Edinburgh you must visit the Castle and the National War Museum. The displays are awesome and highlight Scotland's participation in all conflicts. It is a sobering reminders of times past, 'At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them"

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Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is a very interesting and well done memorial. There is lots of very interesting war related items dating back hundreds of years. A combination of artifacts, paintings, dress ware, medals Battle surgical tools etc. Provide a realistic glimpse into the life and experiences of those in the various wars. The museum Is free once you have purchased a ticket... More 

Thank Mabes1975
Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

comprehensive coverage of war from the seventeenth century onwards. lots of artefacts and some very interesting ones such as the Scottish standard carried by NZ troops during the battles for Crete in the Second World War

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Interesting museum part of the Edinburgh Castle depicting Sotland in the different wars periods. From some of the windows you get a beautiful view of Edinburgh

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Seeing the proud and dedicated service of our Scottish ancestors was very moving during this visit. Books with names of fallen heroes from WWI and WWII, make the visit personal for those with Scottish heritage.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Located inside the Edinburgh castle, this is a nice museum with good war artefacts and a number of excellent exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

A very well done memorial. I spent quite a long time in there. Patriots from birth to death. More personal than other war museums I have visited.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I didn't have enough time to full explore and read all about the various people or exhibits but it was an impressive display of wartime artifacts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

A wonderful way to pay respect to Scottish soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. There are books of soldiers that fought and died. NO photos! We wrote down names of family members we found.

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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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