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  • Address: Castle Hill
  • Hours: Open daily. Summer: 9:30am - 6pm, Winter: 9:30am - 5pm. Closed Dec 25 & 26
  • Admission: Adults: £14.00, Children: £7.50

Look up anywhere in Edinburgh's old town and you'll see Edinburgh Castle, seeming to grow out of the blackened cold volcano that forms its plinth. There's evidence of human habitation on this spot that dates back to 900 BC, and the Castle has been a royal stronghold since the Middle Ages.

The place is steeped in history. There’s the Honours of Scotland – the oldest crown jewels in the United Kingdom, no less – and the Stone of Destiny, the coronation seat of ancient kings. There’s St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building, and a cluster of military museums. You can take guided tours and see costumed performers bring the history of the Castle to life.

Practical Info

Enter the Edinburgh Castle through the Esplanade, where you might be lucky enough to see the changing of the guard (it happens on the hour). Allow at least a couple of hours to roam around the castle - there are several museums and the palace buildings within its walls.

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Royal Edinburgh Ticket Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tours and Edinburgh Castle Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Explore Edinburgh with a hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, and see the city's royal sights at your own pace. An easy and convenient way to experience the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $72.61

Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

Explore Edinburgh Castle independently and discover the delights of Scotland’s famous historical attraction at your own pace! Use your entrance ticket to head ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $24.20

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy free entry to 78 of Scotland's top attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass – a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 day and 7 day passes available

From USD $43.87

2-Night Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Independent Experience

Spend two nights in the Scottish capital during the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! The festival-style performances that take place at Edinburgh Castle ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $425.43

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