Edinburgh Castle

City of Edinburgh | Old Town | Castle | ★★★★★

[Edinburgh Castle from Johnston Terrace]

With over 2.1 million visitors in 2018, 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, the castle commands the ultimate defensive location and the views over Edinburgh from the site are excellent too. Over its long history the castle has juggled several roles ranging from royal residence to military base, also changing hands several times during the Wars of Independence. The central, tiny St Margaret's Chapel dates to the 1100s but many of the castle's other buildings are much more recent; parts of the site are still used by the British Army. There's a huge amount to see indoors including the Great Hall, Scottish Crown Jewels and even the National War Museum, so little wonder that this is Historic Environment Scotland's priciest property to visit. Is it worth it? We would cautiously say yes, as long as you have an interest in the half-dozen or so, text-heavy museums and exhibition areas. Come very early or later in the day with a pre-booked ticket to avoid the worst of the crowds during summer, and allow a few hours to look around the extensive site. Those rushed for time or strapped for cash can get pretty good views of the castle just by walking to the top of the Royal Mile and around the base of Castle Rock for free.

[Looking towards the New Town from the Argyle Battery (28/7/19)]

Location & info

📌 Edinburgh Castle ★★★★★
Castlehill, 15-min walk southwest of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 252735 ///fully.cooks.loose
🚆🚌 Local buses, tram to Princes Street or train to Edinburgh Waverley (half a mile away). All options require a steep uphill walk.
Open daily by timed ticket. Advance booking recommended to avoid queuing; walk-up tickets may be suspended at peak times | £19.50 adult / £11.50 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members; discount for booking online in advance

[Great Hall (28/7/19)]

[Royal Palace (28/7/19)]

[Royal Palace (28/7/19)]

[Scottish National War Memorial (17/8/19)]

[Scottish National War Memorial (28/7/19)]

[St Margaret's Chapel (28/7/19)]

[National War Museum (28/7/19)]

[Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental Museum (28/7/19)]

[The battle for ownership (28/7/19)]

[Prisoners of War Exhibition (28/7/19)]

[Military Prison (28/7/19)]

[Inner Castle Gates (28/7/19)]

[Lang Stairs (28/7/19)]

[Mons Meg (17/8/19)]

[One o' Clock Gun (28/7/19)]

[Castle Timeline (28/7/19)]

[View over Princes Street (28/7/19)]

[View over the West End (28/7/19)]

[View from the Esplanade (17/8/19)]

[View from the National Museum of Scotland (10/1/19)]

[View from Arthur's Seat (23/1/12)]

[View from Princes Street Gardens (17/8/19)]


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