Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle: Hours, Address, Edinburgh Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Edinburgh Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Neighbourhood: 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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MarnBarn86
7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Loves Edinburgh Castle! From the fascinating history to the breathtaking views above the city, this is a must stop during any Edinburgh stay.
Written 27 June 2022
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Brian W
Pershore117 contributions
Jun 2022
This is a fantastic old castle on a prominent rock overlooking the city and Firth of Forth. It is hilly, with steep steps, but the exercise is well worth the money. The only disappointing aspect of our visit was that the redcoat cafe was closed for refurbishment - rather bad planning, having had two years of Covid to have got this done, rather than waiting for June 2022, which was very busy - consequently long waits for a table at the other main cafe, which was just too much hassle. Poor management at such a popular time really let them down. Luckily the castle itself is such an interesting place!
Written 27 June 2022
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Travel273547
Bangor, ME16 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Beautiful views. Really nicely maintained castle with nice spots to look around and great views. Some interactive exhibits were really interesting.
Written 27 June 2022
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MDoyle
Chicago, IL42 contributions
Jun 2022
Highly recommend booking tickets directly through the castle website in advance and buy the audio tour to learn about this historic palace.
Written 24 June 2022
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tylerp14
World5 contributions
Jun 2022
We spent around 2 hours at the castle, there's plenty to look at if you're a fan of history (the history of Scotland in particular) as there's lots of museums and exhibits within the castle. The castle itself didn't offer much, it's more like a courtyard of museums than a castle tour! We were also lucky enough to be at the castle for the 1 o'clock firing of the cannon which was great!
Written 24 June 2022
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Ed from USA
7 contributions
Jun 2022
The most histotorial place I have ever been. Great place to take the family. There is a lot of hill climbing here and steps. It is not recommended for those with mobility issues.
Written 24 June 2022
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rockNrobin84
Beersheva, Israel77 contributions
Jun 2022
Everyone coming to Edinburgh must visit the castle. The pavement was extremely hard on the feet. The castle was enjoyable and we did learn a lot.

Written 24 June 2022
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maria p
Lisbon, Portugal7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Great place to visit. The audioguide helps a lot. I Stay there for 4-5 h. And book the ticket on advance.
Written 23 June 2022
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Frea L
Weston super Mare, UK59 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Lovely place full history and very well kept. Staff lovely polite and helpful really enjoyed our time at this beautiful city
Written 23 June 2022
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Ann C
Nashville, TN2,661 contributions
Jun 2022
We were disappointed that we did not have full access due to a film crew having priority.

A film crew was allowed access during hours that tourists have booked tickets...we missed out on sections and were told we could come back later in the day. I find this rather inappropriate. Film crews should be allowed access outside of tour times if portions of the grounds will not be allowed access with a ticket...or at least notification should be given in advance so that one knows they will not get access to what they paid for.

The castle has heaps of history, it is fascinating and certainly deserves a visit.
Written 23 June 2022
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