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Edinburgh Castle

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Address: Edinburgh EH12NG, Scotland
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+44 131 225 9846
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor...

A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor attraction - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline for centuries. And the high volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. Today it is home to Scotland's crown jewels, three military museums, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Prisons of War exhibition, and much more. The castle offers a fabulous day out - an experience not to be missed.

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Visited Edinburgh for the Rugby European Cup final 2017 and decided to visit the castle in the daytime as kick off wasn't until 5 pm, what a great choice. The castle has lot to... read more

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Visited Edinburgh for the Rugby European Cup final 2017 and decided to visit the castle in the daytime as kick off wasn't until 5 pm, what a great choice. The castle has lot to see and do and with lunch we (4 adults) spent 4 hours viewing all the exhibitions. The guides was very knowledgeable and the show of how... More 

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The home of the Military Tatoo and the Scottiish Crown Jewels. Interesting castle with lots of history and great views over Edinburgh. Well worth a visit and will not disappoint. Remember to visit the great hall and look up at the ceiling which was made by seaman.

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Located at one end of the royal mile. It edges a cliff. Buy tickets at the counter just inside the main gate. There's quite a bit to see. It also offers good views of the new town. The Scottish Crown Jewels are few but interesting. We went on a sunny day and there were loads of tourists and tour groups.... More 

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I took one of the free 30min tours offered by the castle guides and it was a great intro to the castle's history and what all the buildings were. There were a lot of museums on sight and the views were fantastic. Very informative and I had a great time!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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I have seen castles all over Europe and this one is really, really overrated and overpriced. Horrendous crowds, long lines and for what? However, it does have a nice view of the city. Plenty of military history if that is your interest. I think folks go there to say that they did!

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If you visit Edinburgh, you need to visit Edinburgh castle. When you visit, I highly recommend the guided tour as well as renting the audio guide. The guided tour was interesting and lasted 45 ish minutes (if I remember). At EXACTLY 1 PM, the military fires a cannon shot (blank) to signal the time of day. Arrive early if you... More 

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Fascinating way to spend the day especially if you enjoy history, price was about £17 i think which i initially though was quite pricey and put me off buying an audio tour. Post-castle i didnt mind paying the money, i would actually say its very good value for what you get to see. Audio-tourless we still found our way about... More 

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Spent 5 hours looking around Edinburgh castle, there are wonderful views from the ramparts. From the Scottish Crown Jewels, historic exhibitions, amazing buildings, there is so much to do and see. Don't miss the firing of the 1 o'clock gun, an ancient tradition of helping the city and in particular shipping in keeping accurate time. The tea rooms provide a... More 

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This is a spot you obviously have to visit if you're in Edinburgh. We were there and on what folks said was the hottest day in the last five years so that may have influenced our experience but it was still fascinating. The exhibits are well marked and there is a great deal of history there. Lots of military history... More 

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Worth a visit. Interesting location, with great views of the city! Great for taking photos! Visit the gift shops too! There may be a free Scotch Whiskey tasting!

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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