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National War Museum of Scotland

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Address: Edinburgh Castle | Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0300 1236789
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Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost...

Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost and won are told through military artefacts and personal collections. Find out about the life of Scots at war, from the First World War trenches to the Home Front, and learn how conflicts, both at home and abroad, have shaped Scotland's image and reputation over the centuries.

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This is free to get into, you can look up relatives who were unfortunately killed in the war, see uniforms and artefacts. Well worth a visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lvira54
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is free to get into, you can look up relatives who were unfortunately killed in the war, see uniforms and artefacts. Well worth a visit

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Shellharbour, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Extremely engaging and extensive display. It does take some time to get through all the exhibits so plan a big day out at the castle..

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of the castle and an interesting and so bearing part of our visit. Many memorial books and stone memorials marking the places overseas where many of Scotland's youth gave their lives in wartime service.

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Horsham, England, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting because it covers military history right up to the 20th century, all well displayed and good descriptions. The personal effects of some soldiers from different wars was particularly interesting and quite sad.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative, caters for all tastes depending on how much you want to know. The bronze statue of Earl Haig on horseback is amazing.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well laid out War Museum,good exhibits and explanations.Very interesting to see the history of the participation of Scottish soldiers in the British Military through many conflicts,both old and new.As it's part of Edinburgh Castle,it is well worth a visit,interesting and informative.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating to explore the major contribution of the Scots to British Military campaigns. Well laid out and good on a rainy day.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting and moving museum with varying exhibits and plenty of history as it relates to the armed services of Scotland. It is within the Edinburgh Caste at no additional cost.

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Amherstburg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its part of Edinburgh castle, so may as well drop in to check it out. The memorabilia was nice to see, theres also books filled with names of fallen soldiers from Scotland and Commonwealth.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The National War Museum of Scotland is one of the many attractions located within Edinburgh Castle. I must admit I was rather shocked at the lack of any history dating prior to the unification with England in 1707 (though in fairness it was noted at the beginning of the exhibit that it was a "modern" history). We found the displays... More 

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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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