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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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Beautiful!

Visited the castle today. Beautiful area with stunning views over city, mountains and sea. Superbly restored and maintained.£16.50 entry. Audio guide a further£3.50. Lots to see... read more

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Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Visited the castle today. Beautiful area with stunning views over city, mountains and sea. Superbly restored and maintained.£16.50 entry. Audio guide a further£3.50. Lots to see including various museums, prisons, royal quarters, dog cemetery and royal jewelleryLovely cafe with panoramic views over city. All cobblestones so not suitable for buggy or wheelchair users. Wrap up well. Very windy up there!

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ocala, fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

It's a castle, that should be enough said. . . . it's very beautiful and amazing. Lots of tourists, but you should expect that in any of the main attractions in Scotland, although I went in October, so not as bad as summer months and very worth it!!

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Cork
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Castle is worth a visit, spectacular views and tour interesting. Easily need a few hours to get through it. Be there for around 1 & watch the cannon go off!!!

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Thank Ann881
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Magnificent outlook for castle from outside, but nothing more you may expect inside, among more wonderful castles in UK, it can be seen and easy to buy ticket online. BTW, overlook the city from the top also a happy thing during trip.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Better on a dry day, as the tour is outdoors. Tour Guide was friendly, funny/quirky and very engaging with the Group. Quite a hike if walking to the castle as all uphill. The price was average for such a tour. Friendly staff in the gift shops.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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spent a good 3 hours here going through the various sections and seeing the gun salute. Our young boys loved it. Top tip buy a ticket in with your bus tour tickets. No queuing.

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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Love this castle. It really is great to look at from all angels when walking around the city. It's a worthwhile making visit to look inside. Not a 'don't miss it' opportunity like The National Museum but worth a visit for the history.

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Loved this place , went to the nye festival which was great The castle is breathe taking , cant wait to go back in the summer with friends and explore this place more , a place i will hold close to my heart, i will treasure the memory of spending 2017 . An look forward to making new ones with... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Very good historic place. Must see everyone. From castle you can get a view of Edinburgh. Each corner of castle is must see.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very nice castle right in the center of town. Scenery from top is breathtaking. It can be a little crowded but worth the visit.

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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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