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Edinburgh Castle

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Address: Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
Phone Number: 441312259846
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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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Great day out. Good fun

Really good day out. So interesting with very helpful and friendly staff. Whisky shop is worth a visit too

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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South Normanton, United Kingdom
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South Normanton, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really good day out. So interesting with very helpful and friendly staff. Whisky shop is worth a visit too

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went as part of a week in Embra.Been on a few school trips before,interesting old buildings & worth it just for the view of Princess street.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You simply cannot visit Edinburgh and not tour the castle. Buy tickets on line to avoid the queues, follow one of the guides, and soak up centuries of colorful history.

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Edinburgh castle was a great experience! There were tour guides available for tours throughout the castle for free, although you did have to pay extra for the audio guides. The castle is kept to its original appearance, and you get an awesome view of the town of Edinburgh from the top!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent an entire day here. So much to see. Numerous buildings, nicely explained. Two cafes inside the grounds. so much history!

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Thank California26
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful place with fantastic views. Defo worth a visit!! The walk up to the castle is also incredible. Everyone is professional and friendly.

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Thank Kristen g
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very busy even in September so arriving early might be advisable. One of the must sees of the UK. Something for everyone. Can be very windy and chilly even in September. Awesome views. Allow at least 3-4 hours including a full hour plus in the military museum..and 5 if you stroll or stop to rest much. Rent the guided tour... More 

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Thank Stephen L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to start your visit in Edinburgh. Best view of the city. Unless you are young it is best to take a taxi up the hill. The you can walk down hill from there.

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Thank John J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very interesting and historic place.Learn about poor Queen Mary,the crusades and Scotland's history.Great views on a fine day,a 1o'clock gun and some great exhibits,including the crown jewels.Good accessability and great information

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's one of them, "You can't come to Edinburgh and not see this things" The point is it's good but very tourists, its lost its historical atmosphere, everywhere you look it's full of facts and information and there are views to die for, it's good value for money and it would be a shame if you didn't see this, It's... More 

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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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