Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.
It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction.
This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War
The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O’ Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history. This guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin.
The Crown Jewel shop in the Royal Apartments offers exclusive lines of specially designed jewellery.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, United Kingdom. It’s a wonderful city with lots to do and friendly people. There is always something to do and throughout the year there are many festivals including the world famous ‘Edinburgh Fringe’ which is a mecca for world famous entertainers to come and entertain in venues throughout the city.
The currency in Scotland in the Great British Pound.
If you are taking the kids it’s worth bearing in mind that there is a lack of warmth around the castle and it’s best enjoyed in a sunnier day probably in Spring/Summer. That said it’s a great visit any time of the year with great views and entertainment for the kids. The views are stunning so take a camera.
There is a cafe on site but if you want to save money take a pack lunch as there are many places to sit down, relax and enjoy the view.
You have to pay for parking and there are generally lots of parking spaces available
Ticket Types & Prices
|CATEGORY||April 2013 – March 2015|
|Concession (60yrs+ and unemployed)||£12.80|
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5 year olds go free.
Please be aware prices are subject to change and may also vary for special events.
Child under 5 – FREE
Historic Scotland Members
Members of Historic Scotland get free entry & 20% discount in our shops. Become a Member.
It is worth joining historic Scotland. Entry is free to the castle for members and many other historic Scotland properties. One visit to Edinburgh Castle with a family could almost pay for a year’s membership of Historic Scotland.
We hope you have a great time if you decide to visit the castle – we certainly did!
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