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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

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A major monument of Scottish heritage and one of the world's most striking fortresses, Edinburgh Castle dominates the city's skyline. Sitting atop a large volcanic rock, the castle dates back to the 12th century. It served as the seat of Scottish royalty until the 17th century, when it became a military barracks. Today, the castle holds the Scottish crown jewels, three military museums, and a handful of exhibits. Guided tours included in the price of admission offer the most efficient and informative way to visit the castle. You'll hear highlights from its history and understand the significance of its various buildings and artifacts. After your tour, sit for tea in one of the complex's tearooms and enjoy a traditional Scottish meal in the Redcoat Cafe. Try to secure your tickets before visiting the castle to avoid waiting in line at the entrance. Add Edinburgh Castle and other attractions to your Edinburgh trip itinerary using our Edinburgh trip planning website .
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  • This was my daughter's first trip to Edinburgh. So since I had been there before - the Castle was a must! We both love history and were not disappointed. Not to mention the views of the city from up t...  more »
  • The Scottish jewels, the cannons, the views are all wonderful and worth the price of admission. But the best selling point of Edinburgh Castle is the very clear explanation of Scottish history depicte...  more »
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  • Lovely piece of history. Well explained with a good amount of detail but not so much that you're overwhelmed. Great view of the city as well. Very windy up there though (when I went in the winter) so be prepared! Otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable experience
  • I never visit before a castle therefore for me this one was perfect! Here are a lot of museums and a beautiful view at the entrance of the castle as well as inside. Moreover you can see all the story that happens there due to the marks around the building. Also, the bathrooms were too clean and comfortable.
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