The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
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- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing
Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh is built around its castle. You can see it from so may different places as it sits majestically overlooking the city below, but to wander up the castle esplanade and enter the vast gates is an experience that transports you back hundreds of years. It is the first, the must-see, the icing on the cake attraction. It is the reason the city is here. Go.
You will see the Scottish Crown Jewels in The Crown Room, The Great Hall, Royal Palace and St Margaret's Chapel. There's also the Prisons of War, Mons Meg, the one o'clock gun, The Scottish National War Memorial and The National War Museum of Scotland. And everytime you look up and over the ramparts you'll find the most spectacular views of the city and hills beyond.
An adult ticket costs £14, kids get in for £8.20, those under five for free. Remember to check out www.edinburghpass.com for a bundle of attraction tickets under one blanket cost.
More information on Edinburgh Castle:
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- Castle / palace, Landmark / monument, Viewpoint
- The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
- 0131 225 9846
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Apr-Sept Mon-Sun 9.30am-6pm; Oct-Mar Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm; closed Dec 25/26. On January 1, the castle is open from 11am to 5pm (last entry at 4:15pm).