Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Edinburgh Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Edinburgh Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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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Gerry S
Whitstable, Kent195 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2021
Cobbled courtyards limited places to sit and get refreshments and use toilets. The War museum was packed and little more than a covid trap. The rest was fine and safe. When I queried it with staff I was advised that the museum wasnt actually part of the castle but merely used the space and set their own rules ie none. A mockery when the rest of the place has good covid controls. Otherwise its well worth a visit but if busy I would avoid the war museum.
Written September 23, 2021
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Amelia S
Leicester, UK20 contributions
Beautiful historical landmark
Sep 2021 • Couples
Of course when visiting Edinburgh we had to do the castle! It stands right over the city and is so beautiful to see. Inside is just as good!
Probably wouldn’t recommend with kids as there’s a lot of information and well preserved spaces that aren’t really very ‘exciting’, however as a grown up nerd, I absolutely loved it!
My boyfriend who has now been dragged round many castles said this was one of the better ones, so that’s a good review from him!
Definitely recommend if you’re interested in history and lovely views.
Written September 23, 2021
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BT3rd
Datchet, UK5,690 contributions
Magnificent Working Castle
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is still a British army base and the third most visited attraction in the UK I believe. It is well worth a visit. The structure itself is somewhat to behold. Inside you get great views across the city and there are always the coronation regalia.
Scottish Heritage members and second year English and Welsh Heritage members can book online and get in for free.
Written September 22, 2021
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ellwood2
Edinburgh, UK70 contributions
horribly poor people traffic management and dangerous exhibit (trip hazards)
Sep 2021
1
everywhere in the castle people are way too close together and it is too crowded -
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the one way system failed completely at the shop entrance - on the way out of the castle in order to get into the shop I waited where told to wait in the narrow (two way traffic) roadway at the shop then a crowd of closely packed visitors were directed to stand round me (not in a distanced line actually but clustered round me) - this blocked the exit the roadway significantly for pedestrians and people hade to exit on the entry pathway - in the meantime I found myself suddenly surrounded by 10 people within inches of me with no masks on (I had a mask) - total nightmare - the only thing I could do was just leave the castle promptly - there was nowhere else to go as the shop was redlighted (no more customers allowed) and there was nowhere to stand away from all these people
3
avoid the "prisoners of war" exhibit at all costs - it warns you it is low lighting but it is practically black and very hard to se the steps and other trip hazards - also people were too close together with no controls on distancing - moreover it was a tacky meaningless boring exhibit and certainly not worth the risks involved - total nightmare for children I'd recommend you do not take your children in
Written September 22, 2021
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Kriss P
Buckingham, UK58 contributions
Breath taking views
Aug 2021
Amazing views and lovely walk through the history of Edinburgh.
Staff were very friendly answering all our questions with a friendly smile on their faces.
Written September 22, 2021
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maerceci2014
Maidenhead, UK148 contributions
A must
Sep 2021
You can hardly go to Edinburgh and miss out the castle. Even if you have little appreciation for history, the views alone are a knockout. Surprised and touched by the dogs' cemetery, so easily missed if you don't look over the walls. The Honours are a little underwhelming they way they are displayed, but the highlight for me was Mons Meg and the War Memorial hall. So rare to see the Q-Ships remembered. Booking necessary, but no queue to get in and the upside is that there is no crowding. Staff very polite and helpful.
Written September 21, 2021
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buttondeb
atlanta407 contributions
Try Other Castle Instead
Sep 2021
As others have said must pre book, most other places have stopped that practice. So after making the climb up the hill had to book on phone and next available time was in 2 hrs so had to wander around until then. Inside castle not nearly has interesting as many others in Scotland, they could do so much more with it. Not worth waiting the 2 hrs for. Views are good but they are free from outside the Castle.
Written September 21, 2021
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Peterborough-stig
Peterborough, UK465 contributions
A must for evert visit to Edinburgh
Sep 2021 • Couples
No visit to Edinburgh would be complete, without a trip to the castle. Posing high above Edinburgh.

The castle is what you would expect, most of the historic rooms / areas are open and you are free to walk about as you see fit. There is an audio guide you can hire for a wee bit more and the castle is signposted and well laid out.

Written September 21, 2021
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emma c
Sheffield, UK95 contributions
Very underwhelming would not return
Sep 2021
We visited on our recent trip to Edinburgh and thought this was a 'must do' place to visit.

Firstly you can't just go and get a ticket, you have to pre book for a selected time. We turned up and were told you couldn't just go in so we pre booked for later in the day and collected the tickets from the machines.

I was expecting it to be really interesting and lots to see inside like the rooms in other stately homes. This is not the case, the only rooms to see inside are the crown jewels (which you have to queue up for outside) and a couple of other rooms.

It was no where near as good as other stately homes or historical buildings that we have visited and we left feeling underwhelmed and a little disappointed

Not worth the money in my opinion.
Written September 21, 2021
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Jacqui H
4 contributions
The castle
Sep 2021
I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed looking around the castle. The staff were very polite and made sure not too many people were looking around at the same time.
We were able to get some amazing photos of Edinburgh.
Written September 20, 2021
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