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Edinburgh Castle

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Address: Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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.

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Not only is it an interesting site you can visit to learn about history but it also offers a great view of the city. Besides, you can't miss the fireworks on Dec 31st during the... read more

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not only is it an interesting site you can visit to learn about history but it also offers a great view of the city. Besides, you can't miss the fireworks on Dec 31st during the Hogmanay Festival.

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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Extremely interesting , short but factual tour and an insight into British history . The views of Edinburgh were fabulous. We look forward to visiting again .

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent place, spectacular views and great to learn from. Excellent staff, they were very friendly. even though it was raining and sleeting it did not ruin the experience.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been so many times... last time I had a front row view of the one o'clock gun. Ok so it's not cheap, but worth the visit. We have the annual pass for Historic Scotland which makes sense if you want to make more than one castle visit or visit the same castle several times.

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Rich history and and a lot of museums. A must visit. Tickets can be bought at the counter. The audio guide is not included but a guided tour is. The gift shop before the entrance is a little overpriced so I would not recommend buying anything from there. The highlight is the war memorial inside. The guided tour is a... More 

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Fresno, California
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I was in England for a business trip, but had a free weekend and took the train to Edinburgh. It was during their festival time, so it was an amazing experience. I cannot say enough good things about this visit. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and have a hat or jacket with a hood and it rains/mists... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Edinburgh castle was lovely! We enjoyed a lovely walk through Princes Street Gardens first and then found a pathway up to the castle. Lovely views from the castle. Would recommend anyone visiting Edinburgh to see the castle up close.

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Stating the obvious, but if you are on a vacation in Edinburgh this is worth a visit. There is a short (free) tour that takes place every 30 minutes and is just about right with impatient kids, and the number of war exhibits can drag on. The other great aspect about visiting is the variety of shops and restaurants near... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unfortunately, we had to go on a weekend right before Hogmanay, and it was absolutely swamped with tourists. There's lots to see and some excellent information on what you're looking at, but if you go when it's busy, it's very difficult to get through some of the buildings without being pushed along or shoved by rude people who clearly have... More 

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If you know anything about Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I, the beheading of King Charles I then Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and Holyrood House are a must see. Fascinating moments of history abound between these magnificent old buildings. Somewhere along the way you'll have an opportunity to purchase attend haggis!

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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.
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