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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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It's good to see how the castle was preserve and it's open for public viewing. The castle shows the old living of the local and people will get to know its history. A voice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

It's good to see how the castle was preserve and it's open for public viewing. The castle shows the old living of the local and people will get to know its history. A voice recorded guide is available at the entrance for a better understanding about your walk around the castle. Souvenir shop and restaurant is also available witin vicinity... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Worth a look if you have some time to kill. Nothing amazing but the view alone makes it worth the trip. Friendly staff to help

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

An amazing castle, set on the hill top, and a 'must see' from the inside as well as from afar. We joined the free guided walk which run every half hour approximately, which takes you through the key history of the castle. The views were outstanding of the Firth, and we were also there for the one o'clock gun (fired... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Interesting visit to this well known historic castle, some of the access road and footpaths are a bit steep but it's worth the visit to see this iconic site

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Thank Colin C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

My wife (who is on crutches currently) and I visited here having bought the Royal tickets from the hop on hop off busses. The castle looks amazing at a distance and up close looks very imposing. But really I wish that's where we had stopped. Once inside the castle you had to pay am extra £3.50 per person for audio... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Excellent! Property is exceptionally well maintained with great insights into history and how the castle performed through the years. Been there about 5 or 6 times and it's great every time.

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Luton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Lovely castle. Visited on Saturday during the festival so very busy but staff not fazed by it and were very helpful. There are incredible views over Edinburgh from the castle as you are so high up

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's an impressive castle, located as it is above the city, but I was a little disappointed with what was inside. There were some good parts, the Prison section and the War Museum and the views from the ramparts when you could get up there, the Crown Jewels were via a long queue though were worth the wait. There were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Edinburgh castle is one of my favorite places to visit. the history that Is on display such as the dungeons, main room with swords, spears ectra are wonderful. Also to think about the amount of sieges that were held off by the castle walls and how the locals had to live for months and years while they waited it out... More 

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Lac-Megantic, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

PAcked full with tourists, DO BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE, on that day, the audio tour was not working but they don't tell you this when you are getting your ticket... once you are in you can't go out and back in (when the audio guide was going to work) again, not told before admission. Great views, repetitive museums, hour... More 

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Staying in Old Town

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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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