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crown jewels • o'clock gun • war memorial • mons meg

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  • Photo of Emma Daubenmerkl
    £16.50 hours 9:30-17
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    2 years ago
    If its stone walls could talk, they would tell grim tales, including that of a piper who entered the castle’s tunnels never to be seen—or heard from—again. To this day, visitors report music echoing through the fort’s empty chambers.
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  • Photo of david b
    2 months ago
    Lots of history,bit shambolic.Too busy for my liking. Recommend hand held tour guide or organised tour.
  • Photo of Pascal M
    2 months ago
    Best time is in the morning at 09:30 to 11:30 - from 11:00 there are many visitors. Besides a beautiful view in all directions, it can not offer much inside. The best was still the room with the crown jewels - photographing is forbidden. The entry price of 17 pounds is just too high for this castle - 10 pounds would be appropriate. From my point of view this castle is not a must, although it is in the middle of the city. On my next visit to Edinburgh I will not visit this castle anymore. You want to visit it anyway, book your tickets in advance using the official website of Edinburgh Castle.
  • Photo of Erwin M
    2 months ago
    Spent several hours exploring and taking in the sights, definitely recommend a visit even though it's very crowded. Definitely pre-book your ticket and use public transit to get close enough to walk up, traffic is a nightmare around here.
  • Photo of ROGER E
    2 months ago
    Recently enjoyed a visit to the castle Something you have to do in Edinburgh but having said that it is vital that you do An exceptional and knowledgeable guide told us all we would ever need to know Well worth doing!
  • Photo of Helen Lynne W
    2 months ago
    We really enjoyed this attraction. We hired the audio guides so ee could see and hear as we were going along. There is numerous guides that you can join in at any time. But there is always a guide who you can ask questions of, everyone is so helpful and friendly. We spent over 3 hours walking around. The views from the top are fantastic. We waited for the 1 o'clock gun to go off and this was worth eaiting for if you've never seen it before, the solider who did this was very entertaining and there is a chance of having photographs with him afterwards. There is a nice cafe on site and plenty of facilities throughout the site. We would go back again if we visit Endinburgh again. Comfortable shoes required.
  • Photo of Cheryl B
    2 months ago
    it is a lovely castle ,and we found the name of my husband great grandfather in the book of remembrance ,which was special .think a bit expensive ,for the visit and you have to pay 3 pounds 50p for guided tour audio book which most places dont charge for as a lot to get in ,got our ticket from bus tour worth it and you get in quicker ,if you disabled or in a wheel chair or walking is hard .it is a long way up ,and my husband found it hard going and could not do all of it as the stairs to much ,but we did enjoy the history ,and to see the remembrance hall was amazing xx
  • Photo of Rajiv1952
    2 months ago
    The castle is Beautifully located over looking the city. to reach one has to request a drop if you are disabled or unable to walk. it is a long climb.Do not wait to see the jewels as there is only one crown worth to watch rest is to watch the city from the top.They have Spectacular fire work at the end of August.
  • Photo of Jedmodiah
    2 months ago
    Wall to wall people and it is the off-season. The grounds and exterior are impressive but once you are inside the buildings they feel more like Disneyland than historical. There are just too many fake additions that take away from your imagination of what life must have been like a few century ago. Cheers,
  • Photo of Laura T
    2 months ago
    If you can only choose one end of the Royal Mile, pick the castle over the Palace. It's self-guided and far more interesting.
  • Photo of ndaranch
    2 months ago
    We love this castle. Can get really busy if you are visiting during the Military Tattoo and the Fringe. So go early.. make sure you have a lemon scone there they were the best we found in all of Edinburgh.
  • Photo of Jeff L
    2 months ago
    Great history lesson, get tix in advance and go early Lots of walking and hills The Crown Jewels Re a must see
  • Photo of David C
    2 months ago
    Overall a very pleasurable experience with super views of the city,and interesting exhibitions. Word of advice. ..buy tickets in advance otherwise queuing is 'dead' time.
  • Photo of Aarti C
    2 months ago
    A must do visit to the history of Scotland , prison, war of museum, the jewel of crown and stone of destiny, . Great city view , picturesque , You sultan sword and few of his belongings displayed in the castle
  • Photo of Somaya K
    2 months ago
    Take out at least 3 hours to cover this, and I would suggest paying extra for the audio guide (or taking a 'human' guide), because it's a large complex and there is a lot to see here. Beautiful views and so much history.
  • Photo of Sergio_Trips-2013
    2 months ago
    This is one of main attractions from Edinburgh and due to that I would recommend you to visit as soon as it opens. The castle is okay with lots of information about Scottish history. From there we have a nice view of city, mainly Princess Street and the amazing green area around.
  • Photo of Leroy D
    2 months ago
    Even on the weekday this place is extremely busy but that's to be expected and worth to see not only what is within the castle but the incredible views of the city, I love to read about Scottish history and this was the best place to come to learn a lot in an afternoon, I bought a headset and was well worth of the money. I had only one afternoon to spend in Edinburgh and I'm glad to have spent here.
  • Photo of ifly737
    2 months ago
    Of course when you are in Edinburgh you need to see the castle at the top of the Royal Mile. It's a great sight, I would HIGHLY recommend that you pre purchase tickets to avoid the often VERY long lines. This will make your visit that much more enjoyable.
  • Photo of A TripAdvisor Member
    Wonderful tour of Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile with the paid SANDEMANs tour. Our tour guide was David. He was pleasant and knowledgeable and wore a kilt! Using the paid tour you are able to go to the front of the long queue. Big bonus! We took the noon tour which allowed us to see the 1:00 gun. Tour guide will identify the highlights and show them to you and ends the tour inside the castle to allow you more time to explore in depth on your own. The Great Hall in the castle is beautiful with many swords and suits of armor lining the walls. The Mary Queen of Scots apartment was very interesting along with St Margaret's Chapel. The view of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth from the castle is spectacular. Crown Jewels exhibit is very good with interesting items to read and view while waiting to see the actual jewels. We had lunch in the teashop. It was very tasty and the cakes and pastries for dessert are to die for. Cost was comparable to restaurants outside the castle and it was a nice break to sit for refreshments before resuming our castle exploration. Food is made on premises. War Memorial was a somber and touching experience. Many Scottish regiments and soldiers from all branches of military are identified and honored here. Statues outside the War Memorial represent the national animals of Scotland - the lion and the unicorn!
  • Photo of dhen
    2 months ago
    I generally don't enjoy crowded attractions, but for Edinburgh Castle I make an acception. Yes the lines were long, yes people were everywhere but the beauty of the various buildings and spectacular views made it all worth while. We were fortunate to have a guide to share the history of the castle and the historic significance of the various rooms. Without this guidance and information I would have definitely purchased an audio guide. The really spectacular part of the tour is looking out over the city of Edinburgh. Great photo ops throughout the castle. We were there for almost 2 hours and it was barely time to see everything. Really a must see.
  • Photo of Gail H
    2 months ago
    Lots to see but if you aren't taking a guided tour, best to rent the headset as it's extremely busy here and hard to stand and read the plaques without blocking traffic.

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