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
About
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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The area
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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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Peter H
London, UK839 contributions
Just Ok.
Jun 2021 • Friends
I guess it is a must do when I Edinburgh. Great views from the top. But it the price is a little too high for the service.
Written 15 June 2021
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Isaac Williams
2 contributions
Fun with nice staff but expensive. Lots of queuing. Port a loo toilets only
May 2021 • Family
Way way too much queuing for things to do. Incredibly windy making standing and eating outside impossible. Portaloo toilets not ideal. Cafe incredibly expensive. But nice staff and nice activities
Written 15 June 2021
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annabel
Aviemore, UK16 contributions
Get a guide
May 2021 • Family
We should have used the audio guide. No real guidance without and walked around aimlessly not really knowing what to do or where to go. Did see and hear the 1pm gun go off so that was the highlight!
Written 13 June 2021
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swings
london uk175 contributions
Well worth the climb
Jun 2021
Great castle with lots to see - almost too much for a day so allow yourself plenty of time. Staff very nice & all COVID safe. Highly recommend & try to be there for the 1pm gun salute
Written 11 June 2021
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Travel Man
Crewe, UK353 contributions
Which Castle to visit?
Jun 2021 • Solo
The castle at the top of the Royal Mile, is worth a visit but expensive, £14 + £5 for guidebook, there is a fair amount to see, but if you are on a budget or limited for time then opt to see Holyrood Palace at the other end of the Royal Mile, opposite the parliament, cost £16 audio guide included, but a lot more to see as the Royal Palace.
Written 11 June 2021
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BeverlyCrouch
Swansea, UK28 contributions
Book in advance.
Jun 2021
When we (my husband and myself) went to the castle we couldn't go in because it is currently advance online bookings only due to the current Covid 19 restrictions. However when walking back to the old town we were able to book tickets for later that day with the Hop On Hop Off bus tour. We were back at the castle with our tickets for 2.30pm entry. We toured the whole of the castle, obviously we had to wait in some areas due to the number of people there at the time, nut theses were minimal waits, crown jewels were disappointing but the prison was really interesting. Staff were very friendly and the history was fantastic. I would recommend a minimum of 2 hours for you to enjoy all the castle has to offer.
Written 11 June 2021
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Sarah I
London, UK2,330 contributions
Heart of the city
Jun 2021
Definitely one for the history buffs. There is currently a one way system in place and social distancing signs. A mask is required in indoor areas. For those short on time, I would advise them to do the Royal Apartments and Crown Jewels first- we stayed in the queue for an hour and still never made it in and then had to leave. Definitely a couple of hours needed.
Written 10 June 2021
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Lynn H
8 contributions
Historical Edinburgh
May 2021 • Friends
A definite must place to visit if you're staying in Edinburgh. Take a step back in history. Stunning views across Edinburgh. Make sure you're there for the firing of the 1oclock gun.
Written 10 June 2021
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The Marrs
United Kingdom571 contributions
A stunning building, you must get up close.
Jun 2021
As you walk around the base and look up, you cant help but admire how close to the edge this building really is. Some walls are built into the cliff face. It's stunning to look at.

On a sunny day, it is worth heading up in the evening, as the sun sets the views are priceless.
Written 10 June 2021
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Geoffrey T
Sheffield, UK37 contributions
Good views and interesting history
Jun 2021
As members of English Heritage, we were able to visit the castle free. Even some Covid19 restrictions, it was very interesting to visit, especially the place where prisoners were kept in from the American war of independence onwards. The views over Edinburgh are excellent, and there is a good guide book in most languages for £5.00
Written 10 June 2021
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