Edinburgh Castle

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

Edinburgh Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 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
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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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4.5
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Charlotte
Beverley, UK11 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic visit! We were here from 11am-14.30pm and really annoyed our trip. The audio guide is a nice add on to listen to as you go along as your own pace.
Written January 20, 2022
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M E W A
11 contributions
Sep 2021
feel free to take a half day of seesighting that great place, comfy shoes for lots of steps highly recommend
Written January 20, 2022
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Mary I
Haringey, UK3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
I was visiting the castle last week with my husband. Both of us are exempt to wearing mask. Instead we do have a badge but the staff didn't notice and starts to asking in a very rude way to add the mask.
Written January 19, 2022
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KateJ
Kent, UK5 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Booked tickets after being told it was worth the visit. We got round the whole thing in 2 hrs, which included lunch a and waiting at 1pm for the cannon. Honestly the best part was the cannon and the prison as it was a bit more immersive. The rest of the castle exhibits are a bit same old. Not sure it is worth the visit unless you are really into reading all of the little bits. Felt pushed along a lot of the time due to the one way systems and people behind us. Tried to query this with staff but was ignored.
Written January 17, 2022
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Katie D
Brighton and Hove, UK353 contributions
Oct 2021
A very busy castle, but still a must see, it is very impressive inside and out. There is no parking up at the castle, but plenty of car parks around.
Written January 17, 2022
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ZZZammy
Maisons-alfort14 contributions
Apr 2021
You could spend a whole day here exploring the grounds and the surrounding area. So easy to access being in the centre of the city. Bus tours are nearby if you want to explore further afield as well.
Written January 17, 2022
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williamskdn
Pontypridd, UK814 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Went to see the light show, what a great experience. Like how they told some history through the light show. The light display was really entertaining and really enjoyable. It was a really great experience. Shame could bot do castle in day.
Written January 16, 2022
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Sylvia Y
4 contributions
Dec 2021
Your search for hisotrical castles in the UK never ends until you visit this one. Right in the middle of the city with a lot to offer for its visitors. A must visit.
Written January 16, 2022
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NBLondon
London, UK467 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
This is one of those must-see things to do in Edinburgh and it’s worth it for the views alone. But there are two things it should be doing to make the experience even better: as at Holyrood Palace and the RY Britannia, include free audio guides in the ticket price. And leave enough time to see the whole castle rather than rush the last visit slot (2.30pm) so the castle can close at 4pm. One of the guides actually hustled us (in a nice way) out of one of the rooms because ‘there’s only 20 minutes til we close’. There’s a lot to see and the guides could do more to bring the visit alive, as they do at Holyrood. So overall it’s good but could be just that bit better.
Written January 16, 2022
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donkat235
Seaham, UK127 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Visiting during covid made seeing the whole of the castle much easier. We booked online and it was quick and easy to get through to the castle itself. It wasn’t too busy throughout the castle. We enjoyed ourselves and loved the museums within the castle. It’s a good few hours out.
Written January 15, 2022
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