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“Must See if in Edinburgh - lots of history”
Review of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
Ranked #7 of 396 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 23, 2013

We took a taxi from our hotel to the castle. As we were quite early there were no queues and we purchased our tickets cost £12 for Senior Entrance. There is a meeting point just past the entrance where free guided tours are avialable, lasting half an hour. We took advantage of this and it was an opportunity to learn many histrorical facts and get a general overview of the castle. Our guide was very knowlegable and had a good sense of humour. We saw the One o'clock Gun and Mons Meg - with stories about these. We then continued walking and stopping in areas being given explanations/historical facts as we went along. Once the tour was finished we decided to visit the Great Hall, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, St Margaret's Chapel and the Prisons. The views over the city are wonderful.

It was a hot and sunny day so after our visit we sat down for a drink and then made our way down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace - slowly.

Definitely recommend.

Thank zoli18
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Beautiful castle. Spend a couple of hours at least.
Delicious Scone with jam & cream . YUMMO!!! wanted to go back next day just for café. Friendly service throughout Castle. Actually friendly service generally always throughout Scotland/ Love it!!

Thank scorpioale
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The castle is a superb venue to spend an afternoon with varied historical attractions. There is also a nice tea room if you are a little tired from all the walking & climbing. I

Thank Covey-61
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

If you visit Edinburgh you just can't miss the castle. In the middle of old town this huge castle tells the city history. Wear comfortable shoes as it is on the top of a hill. The view Is amazing, there are museums inside of it so takes a day to enjoy it.

Thank Vynha
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I really enjoyed going to this castle. There was a lot more to see than there is at Sterling Castle. They were having a celebration the day we went because it was the Queen's birthday. Overall, a fun spot to go. It takes a full morning or afternoon. I would go early before the crowds.

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