Edinburgh Castle

Address: The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG, Scotland
Telephone: 0131 225 9846

- Mid-range


Dominating the city skyline, Edinburgh Castle is a must-see.

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.

Value for money

Price advice

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.

Expert tips

Avoid during the festival if you have a choice: The Military Tattoo is staged here and the place is mobbed.

The National War Museum is part of this attraction.

Visit early morning, especially at peak tourist times.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture