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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

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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An interesting place with much to see!

The Castle has much to see. It may need half a day, with breaks for coffee/lunch, to do justice. However, with the bias of an archaeology-lover, I would recommend that one focuses... read more

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The Castle has much to see. It may need half a day, with breaks for coffee/lunch, to do justice. However, with the bias of an archaeology-lover, I would recommend that one focuses on the following if short of time. First, the oldest part of the castle is “St. Margaret’s Chapel”, which though small, is essential for its “ancient feel”. Second,... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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The weather was freezing but this did not detract from the overwhelming splendure of this historic castle, did the touristy one o clock gun which was fun. The war museum is moving and the chapel whilst resplendent in its glory will bring a lump to your throat. At £17.00 it's not cheap, having said that if the weather had been... More 

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Fairly standard historic castle tour- we just wandered around without a guide though, so could have missed a lot! The location and views are amazing. Definitely a must do in Edinburgh

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Been there so many times it's one of the place to visit when you are in this city it's amazing place to see old historical place

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Brunswick, Maine
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The castle is a must see when in Edinburgh. It is a little expensive, but worth it. There are free tours included in the cost and I would recommend taking the tour - it was well worth the time.

Thank chasetravelers
Otrokovice, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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We visited the Castle during a sunny afternoon walking through Princess street gardens. The park was in blossom. After reaching the Castle we could admire its majestic buildings, crown jewels and a beautiful view over the city. Worth visiting!

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Second visit to the castle and this time we really made sure we had a thorough look around, it seems like the more you look, the more you find. Stunning views and packed full of history, you really cant go to edinburgh and not visit.

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Granby, Connecticut
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Interesting place. Much more than castle ruins but much less than Windsor castle. We purchased the self guided tour. There is also a nice restaurant inside.

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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We got there early before they opened which was at 9:30. I would suggest getting tickets only early so you don't have to purchase there. We were able to see the stone and Royal crown items with no line (or que as they like to say)

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A nice Castle in a great city. This castle is not the biggest but really interesting to visit. It's a must

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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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