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“Cold but worth it”
Review of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
Ranked #7 of 394 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 6 April 2018

Great castle clean well set out lots to see from cannons, POW rooms, Scottish regiments history, even a whiskey tasteing

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mmcguffie
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A great day out at Edinburgh castle today! It is expensive (I think) at £18.50 per adult or £17 if you pre book. I’d definitely recommend pre booking though as I think you skip most of the queue! There is lots to see and do at the castle and some lovely scenery to set it all off. After a while I found that I was overwhelmed with how much history happened there and how many names, dates and whatever else was mentioned. May help to do some research before and after!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 03danielson
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Lots to see and stunning views if you pick the right weather! Can get extremely busy. Plan to spend a good couple of hours here.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jon N
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I absolutely loved this castle. I went during peak season (summer months) and even thought we were at the entrance first thing in the morning, the crowd was unbelievably huge and at times overwhelming. I had also prepaid. Nevertheless, the castle and the grounds are so big there is plenty of space to accommodate everyone. I would recommend visiting the crown jewels right away as soon as they open because that room became more congested clogged as the morning progressed. I also liked going straight to the top of the site and working my way down as most people seem to do the opposite. The castle is magnificent and stunning and worth the hustle and bustle of the masses.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Cuchisco
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Well worth a visit ! We did not buy the tickets in advance but the queue was very quick. Do get there around 1pm and you can hear the canon going !

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Isabel480
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