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
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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.

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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 Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Edinburgh Castle

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

Edinburgh Castle Hours

  • Closed on occasion.

How to Reach Edinburgh Castle

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  • 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
  • Time required to visit Edinburgh Castle: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 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 Reviews & Ratings

  • Gorgeous location, surrounded by stunning views. We went in May, and had a great visit. Be prepared however for a scuffle, if you visit around a similar time, it was VERY busy. My previous trip was back in late September, and had a much more relaxed visit (if you don't mind a bit of rain).

  • Absolutely beautiful castle with stunning views. There is a lot to do, see, and read about inside the castle. Highly recommend buying the guide book as there’s a lot to read about that isn’t on show and it’s very interesting! My whole family has been reading it since we’ve left. The stands from the tattoo festival are a bit of an eye sore when you first see the castle, but it doesn’t distract from the views you see once inside. It’s a great way to see Edinburgh. There are some very interesting things to see about Mary Queen of Scots and her son, James. I recommend it for anyone who love her and has seen Reign or any other films or books about her life because you can visit the room where she gave birth to her son. Other than that there is not much about Mary’s life at the castle unfortunately. I really wish there was more, but it’s probably due to her not spending much time at the castle. The tea rooms on site have some lovely baked goods and the best tea I’ve ever had, outside of making it at home. The gift shop is lovely, there’s some great stuff there, but it is expensive.

  • Beautiful castle and very wheelchair friendly. They even have vans to take you/ wheelchair to the top! I appreciated it very much. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Part of Historic Scotland, which we took membership in. US have to pay for a year, about $100 for 2 people. UK can get it on a monthly payment plan. Strongly recommend for those interested in history. Unfortunately, only half the popular sites are under Historic, others are National Trust. Highlight of recent trip was attending the Royal Military Tattoo. One of the best shows I've seen. Unless you've got tickets to the Tattoo, avoid Edinburgh in August. The fringe festival was going on and the crowds were overwhelming at times.

  • Edinburgh Castle is a beautiful medieval castle located at the center of old Edinburgh. When visiting, the feel of Middle Age is all over, with thick imposing walls, narrow passages and gates within, museum artifacts and canons, military barracks, and a dominant view over the city. This impressive castle is perfectly preserved and full of history.

  • Edinburgh Castle is one of the best Castle ever seen... Popularity of this place is so much... All around the world tourist visiting for sure when they comes to Scotland... It's on the hill but the close you go u will get different historical buildings n Church. Loved this place. Around this area all shopping malls and food restaurants available... Definitely will recommend to visit if u plan for Scotland!

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