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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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Going for a tour to this castle worth every penny spend. The site, the view and the great history behind the place will take easily 3 hours to see it all. Make sure you take the... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Going for a tour to this castle worth every penny spend. The site, the view and the great history behind the place will take easily 3 hours to see it all. Make sure you take the audio device to listen to the exciting stories about the battles, museums and the Scottish heritage

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Most amazing place........very busy in August because of the fair. Had a perfect day, very sunny and made all the difference in the world. Recommend to all, must see place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A decent tourist attraction - can see that during really heavy tourist periods it could be a little claustrophobic! Didn't need the audio book, wander round at your own pace. The most fascinating parts were the POW prisons, as well as the beautiful viewpoints, of which there are many!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Naturally this is really busy due to its status and location, but for the price spent to get it, there really isn't too much to do. I'd recommend going to see Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As you would expect, audio tour very informative, but extra charge after admission. Views outstanding! Another castle!!!

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Thank Plutoquinny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see place to visit. Its heavy on the legs as its on a steep incline but definitely worth the effort, Steeped in history and a wealth of facts to be gleaned. Saw a few cars with the castle logo that seemed to be ferrrying the less able bodied but not sure if you need to book these.. You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love history and I really enjoyed visiting this castle. When booking an online ticket you get a 30 mins free guide taking you around the castle and explaining its history. I advise to get also the audio guides so you can learn more of what you are visiting, The castle itself it's beautiful, very medieval, with lovely views. Really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of history However was extremely busy when we were there Due to the Fringe Festival so need to return again to fully appreciate the grandeur

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must if you are visiting Edinburgh. Yes it is busy but it has a fantastic atmosphere and history. I had not been for many years and on this visit we took our grandsons aged 10 and 6. They loved it. You do save lots of time by getting tickets online in advance. Allow queuing time for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle is beautiful. Lovely few hours spent here. There is lots to see & learn. Our children enjoyed it too. We will be going again.

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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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