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
Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $75
Duration: 2 days
Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $22
Duration: 3 hours
Historical Walking Tour with Optional Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $18
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Edinburgh Castle Reviews
A lovely way to spend half a day. This was our second visit to the castle (the first was a couple of years ago) and it is thoroughly enjoyable. Lots to see and learn. It is very steep with lots of ste... more »
If you're in Edinburgh, you should most definitely visit Edinburgh castle. It's really that good with fantastic views. So be ready to take a lot of photos! more »
Lovely piece of history. Well explained with a good amount of detail but not so much that you're overwhelmed. Great view of the city as well. Very windy up there though (when I went in the winter) so be prepared! Otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable experience
I never visit before a castle therefore for me this one was perfect! Here are a lot of museums and a beautiful view at the entrance of the castle as well as inside. Moreover you can see all the story that happens there due to the marks around the building. Also, the bathrooms were too clean and comfortable.
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