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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
+44 131 225 9846
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Skip the Line: Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
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USD 67.39*
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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.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“crown jewels” (2,081 reviews)
“o'clock gun” (1,016 reviews)
“war memorial” (532 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 9846
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

How could anyone miss Edinburgh Castle when in the City? A must see site when you are there. The ticket queue was very long when my friends and I were there yesterday, we suggest all visitors to buy the tickets online before going.

Thank shirleyt871
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visitors fairly early and advanced booked what a good job as the queue to pay on the door was huge and within the space of ten minutes the wait in the line was at least 90 minutes. That been said the wait would be worth...More

Thank jaimie b
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Glad to visit this castle, history revel himself, clean clear and perfect in term to visit. One of best place in Edinburgh to visit.

Thank Rohitrtga
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Truly enjoyed our visit to the castle. Views from up there of the city were wonderful. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental Museum was a favorite along with the memorial to all the Scottish soldiers that died in wars going back more than a hundred...More

Thank looking4best_63
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great time learning about the history of Edinburgh Castle .. our tour guide David (Sandemans tours ) was very energetic and informative... the views of Edinburgh especially of the west were wonderful... definitely worth a visit!

Thank SBlackman
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is an outrageous structure!! There is sooooo much history in the walls of this Castle! This was truly and amazing experience we had coming here, it took us about 3 hours to go through everything and we were being fairly thourough through the exibits.

Thank shagg2016
Reviewed yesterday

We loved visiting this castle. Our son's band played in the tatoo ten yrs ago so we got to see everything he did there. We bought tickets ahead of time so no waiting in line. (which was very long). Plan on being there most of...More

Thank Patrick D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Certainly a must do attraction when in Edinburgh. The castle is magnificent but be prepared to queue and idle through the different points of interest. Some moved so slow we chose to miss. The line for the Scottish Crown Jewels was just too long. I...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed yesterday

It was super crowded and there was a fair bit of uphill climbing, but the exhibits were worth it. I would suggest getting tickets in advance so that you don't have to stand in the snaking lines. Definitely a place to visit in Edinburgh

Thank Kayelle317
Reviewed yesterday

The Castle was a great visit. The ticket offices are not reachable until passing through the gates. You should either be there before opening or purchase and print tickets online. As with most of the highly traveled attractions, you should be there when they open.

Thank BeachMeNow31984
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Is the castle suitable for a buggy and small children?
12 June 2017|
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Response from Michelle W | Reviewed this property |
Yes but it will be hard going. We saw lots of parents with children in prams. It's mostly uphill and lots of stairs. Hope this helps.
Is it possible to visit the tea rooms without purchasing a ticket? Thanks
9 June 2017|
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Response from Julie G | Reviewed this property |
The Tea Rooms are at the top of the castle in Crown Square. An entrance ticket is required.
Hi, I would like to know at what time does the castle open for public viewing and what does it close down ?
2 June 2017|
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Response from Michelle H | Reviewed this property |
Hello It opens at 9.30am till 6pm (summer opening time) last entry at 5pm. Enjoy!