Edinburgh Castle

About Edinburgh Castle

Today, countless treasures are protected by the Castle walls. Marvel at the nation’s Crown Jewels, smell the gunpowder after the One o’clock Gun fires, hear the Castle’s great story on a guided tour and taste Scottish produce in the cafés – all in this magnificent fortress. There is so much to see, however the most famous highlights are as follows:-

The Crown Room – where the nation’s treasures are kept including the Stone of Destiny.

The Great Hall – holds a fabulous display of arms and armour as well as the ‘key’ to the Castle. 

St Margaret’s Chapel – the oldest building in the capital.

The Prisons of War – an atmospheric recreation of the life of prisoners at the end of the 18th century.

Mons Meg – could fire a 150kg stone for up to 3.2km (2 miles).

The One o’ Clock Gun – the famous time signal has been fired almost daily since 1861 except Sundays and Good Friday.

Helpful information about the Castle

Once inside you have a choice of lending an audio guide, join a free walking tour, or just stroll around by yourselves (information leaflets are available across the compound). The castle is open 9.30 -6pm (last entry 5pm). It is probably best to beat the long queues and book ahead online at their web store for fast-track entry at no extra cost.

Information About The Royal Military Tattoo

This fabulous event is held yearly (4-27 August 2017) at the castle  and is deemed to be the greatest show on earth. It is actually an annual series of military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands. Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe.  

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Things to do near the Castle

An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to visit the sights and get a panoramic overview. The tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at 14 strategically placed stops as many times as you like. There is also a Bus & Boat tour from Edinburgh ( Waverley Bridge) to South Queensferry then enjoy a cruise on the Firth of Forth.

The Ghostly Underground Vaults Daytime Tour, St Giles’ Cathedral and the The Scottish Whisky Experience are just a few and there is so much more to do; various cultural theme tours, Hadrian’s Wall - check out Scotland’s Viator Website

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