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  • Address: Castle Hill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, Scotland
  • Hours: Open daily. Summer: 9:30am - 6pm, Winter: 9:30am - 5pm. Closed Dec 25 & 26
  • Admission: Adults: £14.00, Children: £7.50

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Edinburgh Castle

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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Skip the Line: Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket, Edinburgh, null
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Skip the Line: Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket

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Discover one of Scotland’s most famous historical attractions at your own pace with this skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle. Bypass the entrance queue ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $21.21
Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, ... 
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Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

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See the best of the Scottish capital on this independent day trip from London to Edinburgh. Travel by train through England’s countryside and jump aboard your ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $223.65
Royal Edinburgh Ticket Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tours and Edinburgh Castle Admission, Edinburgh, ... 
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Royal Edinburgh Ticket Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tours and Edinburgh Castle Admission

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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 $65.55
The Ultimate Private Black Taxi Edinburgh Tour, Edinburgh, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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The Ultimate Private Black Taxi Edinburgh Tour

Explore Edinburgh for the whole day in an iconic London taxi with a qualified tour guide. See all the major Edinburgh sites and a lot more. This is a family ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $641.39
Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour, Edinburgh, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

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When your cruise ship arrives in Edinburgh, get to know Scotland’s capital on this full-day shore excursion. Board a comfortable coach and enjoy a panoramic ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.41
Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus, Edinburgh, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Edinburgh City Tour in a Minibus

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Explore Edinburgh, which has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th Century and stands proudly on seven hills, from the comfort of your own private ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $424.17
Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour

Tour guide Alan has worked in the Scottish tourist industry since 1991. He has a first class degree in Scottish History, and loves nothing better than showing ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.27
Private Photo Shoot in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Photo Shoot in Edinburgh

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Create a personalized souvenir of your vacation with a private 1-hour photo shoot, using Edinburgh's most picturesque monuments and neighborhoods as backdrops. ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $326.33
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass, Edinburgh, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

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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 $38.56
Private Half-Day Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini, Edinburgh, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Private Half-Day Tour of Edinburgh in a Mini

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Not every visitor has the time to spend on a full-day tour, so pick the perfect solution of a 4-hour morning or afternoon private tour. Zip around Edinburgh in ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $231.36

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