With over 2 million visitors in 2017, Edinburgh Castle is the most popular paid-for attraction in Scotland. Rising majestically above the city's Old and New Towns on an ancient volcanic outcrop, it's a superb defensive location and the views over Edinburgh from the site are excellent too. Through its long history the castle has played a variety of roles ranging from royal residence to military base, also changing hands several times during the Wars of Independence. With lots to see indoors including the Great Hall, Scottish Crown Jewels and even the National War Museum amongst numerous other buildings, it's little wonder that this is Historic Scotland's priciest property to visit. Is it worth it? Yes, although you can get a pretty good feeling of the castle just by walking around the base of Castle Rock for free. Come very early or later in the day to avoid the worst of the crowds during summer.
|[Edinburgh Castle from the Esplanade]|
Name: Edinburgh Castle ★★★★★
Description: Scotland's most famous castle and former royal residence, with parts dating to at least the 1100's.
Location: Castlehill, 15-min walk south-west of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 252735 ///fully.cooks.loose
Open (2018): Daily
Cost (2018): £17 (adults), £10.20 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members; may increase from April
Name: National War Museum ★★☆☆☆
Description: Scotland's wartime history, housed in a former artillery storehouse in the castle.
Location: Inside Edinburgh Castle, G.R.: NT 250735 ///hobby.doing.rents
Open: See times for Edinburgh Castle (above)
Cost: Admission included in castle ticket (above)
|[The castle seen from Salisbury Crags]|