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“Magnificent!”
Review of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
Ranked #7 of 397 things to do in Edinburgh
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Fee: Yes
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 July 14, 2013

Edinburgh Castle is the pride of Scotland. Indeed it is. We saw these magnificent castles, walls, cannons (heard they were not original) and museums inside, and the Honours of Scotland: the Crown, the Sceptre, and the Sword of State. So much history. However, it’s sad to know that Scottish troop was the main one responsible burned down Chinese Emperor’s Old Summer Palace (圓明園), as the exhibition proudly claimed it.

Thank Chuang004
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The entry fee for Edinburgh castle would have seemed rather exorbitant had we not purchased the Historic Scotland annual pass that included entry into all but privately owned attractions in Scotland. That pass was £96 for two adults and we were about £50 ahead on entry fees after touring Scotland for three weeks. It can be purchased at any of the major attractions. We visited the castle on an early Friday morning this month and despite being second in line at opening, we were quickly feeling too cramped in the castle rooms to really enjoy the visit. We loved the guides that were dressed in period costumes and talked about the history and people that occupied the castle. There were only five or six of them in strategic places within the castle, but it was more enjoyable than the audio guide. The crown, scepter, and Crown Jewels were great, but again, the room was so crammed with bodies (and a lot of pushy people), that I couldn't wait to get outside. If you are claustrophobic at all, summer weekend day visits are probably not ideal. I am not, and still found it fairly intolerable. The views of Edinburgh from the castle exterior are really phenomenal. There are a lot of photo ops there.

Thank 919PatriciaB
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

It was a really surprising place!
You can walk around to check the scotland history, but also the city view. Amazing visit!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Just wow. What a fabulous national treasure. Thank you for preserving such a site for visitors to see. Have tea in the tea room for an extra treat. Be sure to explore all the nooks and crannies of this big facility, but wear sturdy shoes. A lot of climbing stairs.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

super place to go but not for the faint hearted if your not into heights however a typical british attraction for tourists, tourist = charge maximum price, scones and cream and 2 slices of cake and coffee over £25 but apart from this a lovely day

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