Edinburgh Castle

National icon that defines Edinburgh's skyline

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Edinburgh Castle had many roles in the past from royal palace to prison to parliament to barracks. It’s still in use by the armed forces but its most famous as the home of Scotland’s crown jewels and the fabled Stone of Destiny, its ancient coronation throne.

Other highlights include the chapel, palace, prison vaults and the One O’Clock Gun, fired every day except Sunday from the Argyle Battery. Join the entertaining free guided tours (times vary) to make sure you don’t miss any highlights.

Also in the castle is the Scottish National War Museum, a heavyweight attraction in its own right. It recounts the last 400 years of proud Scottish military tradition and when it engaged in empire-building in its union with England and built a reputation abroad. It’s not all breast-beating heroics though, and the exhibition has its reflective moments too.

The August Military Tattoo, an impressive display of military marching bands from around the world, is one of the Edinburgh’s key events and takes place in the castle car park.

At A Glance

Edinburgh EH1 2NG
44 131 225 9846
Adult £16.50; Child (5 - 15 yrs) £9.90; Concession (60 yrs and unemployed) £13.20

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