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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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  • Having spent over 3 hours here, it was well worth the time, as it gives you a glimpse of the proud Scottish heritage and huge sacrifice made by the men and women of Scotland. Usea audio guide as...  more »
  • Located at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Holyrood Palace & has a stunning view of the city below, particularly the Grass Market area. We did the self-guided option and enjoyed being able to....  more »
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