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.
Tours to Edinburgh Castle
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $44
Duration: 5 days
Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $22
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Edinburgh Castle reviews
Visited but closed. Historic and iconic venue but sadly it was closed to the public because of COVID-19. Still a sight not to miss when in the city and there are some interesting statues and... more »
Didn't live up to our expectations. Very limited things to see, despite looking so impressive from the outside. The only good point were the views more »
This is one of the things one has to do when in Edinburgh. The castle was actually used as a fortress for almost 1000 years, and was also used as a prison as recent as WW2. They offer free guides quite frequently, and our guide Lynn was amazing. Very knowledgeable, and who can pass an opportunity to listen to that Scottish accent. Loved it!
Loved walking around this castle it has such a grand presence and is so well maintained. However, if your thinking of visiting and have mobility issues i suggest taking a cab or driving up to the castle. The walk up the hill is no joke.
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