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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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One of the three must-dos of Edinburgh

Touring the Castle, even without the audio guide, is two hours well spent in Edinburgh. Even those with only a passing care for history can enjoy the mystery, intrigue, and -- yes... read more

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Durham, North Carolina
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Touring the Castle, even without the audio guide, is two hours well spent in Edinburgh. Even those with only a passing care for history can enjoy the mystery, intrigue, and -- yes -- ominous quality of the Castle. While not an easy tour for people who may have mobility changes, it is a must-do in the city.

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Bristow, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I visited Edinburgh for our very first time. Because we only had a few hours, we took a cab to the Castle esplanade. The Castle, inside and out, and its views were breathtaking. There was also a wonderful view of the Christmas Market from there. Right when we arrived, a free walking tour started and we joined... More 

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Thank Balmoralgal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you are able, I would recommend taking the route from the park at the bottom of the hill and climbing up to the castle. Honestly, even if you are near catatonic from the exertion, the view of the castle when you round the wall and see it will perk you up no end. PS. Remember that it is on... More 

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Thank emleeclaire
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Walked up from princess Street gardens...phew! And pushed a baby trolley up too. It's quite pricey to get in (Scottish heritage I think) £16 per adult! Lovely views and great way to walk down in to the old town through the royal mile.

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Thank Helen J
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Fantastic views of the city. We took advantage of the guided tour and our tour guide was absolutely fantastic (can't remember her name but she was French) We aren't really into things like this but thoroughly enjoyed it. A must do if you are visiting

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's been 47 years since I was last in Scotland and set foot on the hallowed ground of this ancient, historic and beautiful monument so my trip was a bit of a pilgrimage. It remains a military base and home to The Royal Regiment so parts of the castle are 'off-limits' to the general public but there is still loads... More 

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Choppington, United Kingdom
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Well worth a visit. You will need your walking shoes on and your reading glasses. If you go for 1 o'clock you will jump when the cannon goes off

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our first tourist stop which set the scene of sheer else we wanted to go as we could see almost everything from the battlements! Not to be missed, the castle, the history, the views and even the reasonably priced coffee shop. We stayed for the gun salute at 1pm which was well worth the wait. Please go!

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walk up the Royal Mile, up the hill to the plaza and then you see the castle and realize it's not like a traditional castle with turrets but a beautiful collection of historic buildings with no flamboyancy. Pure history. You walk through the entrance and then can get your ticket - it's apx 17 pounds but there are discounts for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Your adventure starts as you approach the castle from the royal mile, a splendid sight.Small queue at this time of year but can imagine longer in summer, so I'd advise pre booking. There is so much to see that we spent over three hours there. Cannons, including the famous Mons Meg, chapels, military museums, great hall, dungeons and prisons and... 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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