Edinburgh Castle

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  • Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2NG, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1312259846
  • Ticket Price: 16 GBP
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Castle, Historical Site, War Memorial, Cemetery, Family And Kids, Architecture

Edinburgh Castle - Review

Built in 1130 by David I, the castle featured prominently in the wars for the Independence of Scotland, and as such, maintains a number of old traditions. The Military Tattoo function in August includes performances the pipes and drums played by regiments of the British Armed Forces and civilians including the fireworks.

The traditional New Year's Eve party is attended by thousands of people in the Edinburgh castle. Every day except for Sunday, the "One O'clock" gun is fired from the top of the castle. The Crown of Scotland, the Sceptre, the Sword of State and the Stone of Scone are kept in the Crown Room of the castle. Dog lovers will be among their kinsmen here; the Edinburgh Castle also has a famous dog cemetery where the pets of the old regiment are buried, but the general public cannot go down and visit it. Statues of Scottish heroes Robert Bruce and William Wallace now are situated at the entrance of the castle. Offering beautiful panoramas, on a clear day, you could even see the snow capped Bel Mond.

Edinburgh castle - UK tourist attraction added in the UK Itinerary 2 Weeks. Must visit this amazing attraction.

One of the most visited tourist destinations in Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Castle is nothing short but an architectural marvel. Your trip to Edinburgh is incomplete if you don’t visit this enchanting but at the same time gigantic castle. The best way to explore this castle is by booking the Edinburgh Castle tickets from the ticket counter itself. You can book the Edinburgh Castle tickets well in advance to avoid the longer cue. Moreover, you can opt for the Edinburgh Castle tour tickets just to get a guided tour of the castle. The Edinburgh Castle tours will enlighten you with the history of Edinburgh Castle and will add up to your overall experience.

Edinburgh Castle Information

  • Wrap up warmly if visiting in the winter months.
  • The cafe nearby offers really good snacks.
  • The GBP 3 audio tour is totally worth it.
  • Make sure not to miss the prison and jail!
  • The climb is not one that cannot be overcome. The views from the castle are well worth the exertion.

Edinburgh Castle Ticket Prices

  • Adult : 16 Pounds, Children below 16 yrs : 9.60 Pounds.

Edinburgh Castle Hours

  • Closed on occasion.

How To reach Edinburgh Castle by Public Transport

  • Bike, Climb from the Foothills

Restaurants Near Edinburgh Castle

  • The Witchery
  • Amber Restaurant
  • Chez Jacques

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TripHobo Highlights for Edinburgh Castle

  • Edinburgh Castle Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2NG, United Kingdom
  • Edinburgh Castle Contact Number: +44-1312259846
  • Edinburgh Castle Timing: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Edinburgh Castle Price: 16 GBP
  • Best time to visit Edinburgh Castle(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Edinburgh Castle: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Edinburgh Castle

  • 95% of people who visit Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle in their plan

  • 73.92% of people start their Edinburgh Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Edinburgh Castle

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

74.53% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Edinburgh Castle

People normally club together The Scott Monument and Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre while planning their visit to Edinburgh Castle.

People also prefer to start their day with Edinburgh Castle.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Edinburgh Castle Trips

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Reviews

  • Very large & good condition castle, even though it was very busy. There is a good cafe & about 3 souvenir shops about the place. There is plenty of outside space to walk around, but there is also a lot of stairs if you want to go inside & explore. We had a push chair which we ended up leaving somewhere in an unsecured location in public view, whilst we negotiated stairs. I would recommend not bringing a push chair unless you are prepared to do this, there is no where else to leave it. The castle itself is excellent, lots of places to explore & nice views of Edinburgh. It's a very popular place. The quality & choice of souvenirs is excellent, there is something for everyone. Luckily the weather was good for us as the sun came out. We would go back again, even with a push chair.

  • Gosh the line for the tickets it's HUGE! So if you can, buy them online, it's so much better. 20 pounds if I remember correctly, but totally worth it. You are going to spend up to 2-3 hours inside to be able to see everything. If you're expecting to see the stone of destiny be also prepared to wait a lot and to go back home with no pictures of it, since you can't take photos/videos. All in all it's worth the visit. I'd recommend to be there in the morning so you can actually see a lot more and then go back to the royal mile to grab something to eat. The view from the top is gorgeous. Take a look at the maps they're going to give you so you can get around much more easily through the many halls.

  • Wonderful place to visit every time. The tours that are run regularly are very informative and teach you a lot about the castle. It can be a little crowded is some parts but towards the end of the day, a lot clear out and you are able to enjoy the place at a more relaxed pace. The tea rooms are very nice, staff are very helpful. Absolutely would recommend the afternoon tea, nice to share but it's just enough for one to feel satisfied.

  • Exceptional experience. Stunning place and so well delivered as a tourist attraction. We joined one of the guided tours and it was brilliant - our guide was encyclopedic in everything Edinburgh castle, and really engaging to listen to. We wondered around under our own stream afterwards, which took a good hour and a half, and saw most features. As well as the history, the displays, the amenities etc, one thing that shouldn't be missed are the breath taking panoramic views of the city, the surrounding countryside and the bay. If you find yourself in this city, a must see is Edinburgh castle!

  • Edinburgh Castle is the main landmark of the city and is visible from most places around the city centre due to its location on top of a volcanic rock, which is also where the Royal Mile begins. Tickets to access the castle can be bought online (this is recommended particularly in high season) or at the box office located at the entrance. All the different buildings inside are exceptionally well preserved and there are all sorts of things to see, such as how prisoners used to live in the dungeons, weapon exhibitions, a chapel, etc, with the main attraction being the crown jewels and the history of all the Scottish monarchs. During August the Royal Military Tattoo is a must-see event. Last but not least, the views of the city from the esplanade are magnificent and should not be missed.

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