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Ranked #6 of 416 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 8, 2012

I have always wanted to visit this castle from pictures I have seen of it. THe tour was very good and the views are spectacular and will take your breath away.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I attended a scheduled free tour which was led by Colin who was very informative and pleasant. I really liked the museum and the explanations of various conflicts

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Entry is not cheap but there is definitely a full day to be had here. The 1 o'clock gun is a bit over-hyped but there is a good balance between the history of the fortification, the state rooms, and military history. The Scottish National War Memorial is particularly poignant and memorable.

Thank IPA_Man
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Going to Edinburgh without visiting its castle would more or less sounds like going to Paris without seeing its Eiffel Tower!

The place on top of a small hill is simply beautiful and rich of centuries history: Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland lived and was crown there, and Scottish kings stayed in this fortress until the mid-17th century when the Kingdoms of Scotland and England were unified.

From the walls of the castle, just have a look on Edinburgh and its beautiful buildings: St Gile's cathedrale, the Royal Mile, Calton Hill and the Nelson Monument, the Scott monument...

In the castle itself, you may be a bit disappointed as I was, not to see too many old pieces of furniture, nor too many signs of the reigns of the Scottish Kings. Today, the castle is more like a succession of small museums dedicated to war or the Royal Scots Dragoon guards. Don't miss as well the war and military prisons, and discover how people had to live there. The visit of the National Scottish memorial is undoubtely very emotional, with the names of the hundreds of thousands of Scottish people who gave their lives to their country in the last two centuries.

Of course, don't live without visiting the few rooms of the former Royal Palace, nor the Great Hall, where if you're lucky, you can even attend a musical performance with old instruments. And of course, the Edinburgh castle is the place where the Honours (Crown jewels) of Scottland are still safely kept.

To enjoy the visit better, I would strongly recommend to go for an audio-guide, or to join one of the guided tours. Be as well aware that Edinburgh castle is a very popular attraction, so go there early to buy your tickets, or you may have to queue for quite some time.

Lastly, the personel there is extremely polite and friendly. The only negative point I would highlight is maybe the price: count around 20 pounds for an entry with an audio-guide (much cheaper offers if you go for a combined tickets giving entrance to other castles in the neighbourhood)

Thank globetrotauvergnat
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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

We pre-booked tickets which was a good job as the queue was massive. However we were disappointed with the castle as there is not much to look at and it is poor value for money compared to Warwick Castle. One good point is the views of the city.

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