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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Today the castle continues to attract visitors to its rocky perch.

Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years.

Highlights include the Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and the One O'clock Gun:

The Honours of Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels. The crown, sceptre and sword of state are the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom.

Mon's Meg, a mighty medieval siege gun is one of the world’s oldest, it could fire a gunstone almost two miles. Built at Mons, Belgium, she represented the cutting edge of military technology.

The One o’ Clock Gun was first fired from the Castle on 7 June 1861, and has continued ever since, six days a week, except during the two World Wars.

Admission

Adult: £13.00
Child: £6.50
Concession: £10.50
Child under 5: FREE

Directions

Edinburgh Castle is situated in the centre of Edinburgh and is a short walk from Waverley train station.

Opening Times

Summer
9.30am - 6.00pm,  7 days a week
1 April - 30 September

Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing.

Winter
9.30am - 5.00pm,  7 days a week
1 October - 31 March

Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing.

Locations

Castlehill, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

 
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