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Visit Edinburgh Castle to see a mighty fortress dominating the skyline of Scotland’s capital city. It is a powerful national symbol – with over 3,000 years of history, it holds the story of Scotland itself. Edinburgh Castle has been a stronghold for over 3000 years, captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and marvellous views.

Edinburgh Castle was home to Scottish royalty including Mary Queen of Scots, James the IV and Charles I, who all left their own magnificent additions to the castle buildings. These include the 12th-century St. Margaret’s Chapel, David’s Tower and the Great Hall of James IV In 1566.


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Edinburgh Castle Information

There is lots to see and do at Edinburgh Castle. An arresting sight as it takes pride of place high up in the city, there is also much to be admired in the Edinburgh Castle interior. The Great Hall is one of the main attractions, which serves as the chief place of state assembly and is thought to have been completed in the 16th century. It is 95 by 41 feet in size and has many impressive aspects such as the Renaissance roof.

There is much to be learned by attending Edinburgh Castle, with the National War Museum Scotland, Prisons of War Exhibition, Royal Scots Regimental Museum, Scottish National War Memorial and Regimental Museum of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Look out for the Edinburgh Castle cannons to get an insight into the artillery which is a part of the castle’s military history. Mons Meg is capable of blasting a 150kg gunstone for two miles and was the latest pioneering technology when it was built. The One O’clock Gun is so named due to being fired at that time every day. It was established in 1861 to inform nearby ships of the time.

The Edinburgh Castle Crown jewels, known as The Honours of Scotland, are also a must-see due to their breathtaking beauty. They are on permanent display in the Crown Room.

The Edinburgh Castle chapel is called St. Margaret’s and is the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh. It was built in 1130 by David I for his mother and always contains fresh flowers. It has had bomb-proof vaulting since the 16th century, when it was used as a gunpowder store.

Where is Edinburgh Castle?

Edinburgh Castle holds a dominant position in Edinburgh city centre itself, on the plug of a 700-million-year-old extinct volcano called Castle Rock. Overlooking the capital city, Edinburgh Castle is part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh Castle Tour

Take a guided tour of the castle inclusive of your ticket price, to get the benefit of the full knowledge of the resident experts. Hear about the amazing history of the site from the people who know it best, asking any questions you like along the way. You can find the meeting point at the clock through the Portcullis Gate, once you’ve gone past the audio booth.

Who Built Edinburgh Castle?

Although the exact date of its establishment is unknown, Edinburgh Castle has certainly dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. The castle itself dates back as early as the Norman period, when the Great Hall was built by James IV, though the site is thought to have been occupied as far back as the Bronze Age.

Why not combine your visit to Edinburgh Castle with other famous attractions and activities in Edinburgh such as Edinburgh Dungeon or Royal Yacht Britannia

Great Hall
The Great Hall was completed in 1511, as the nation’s chief place of ceremony and state assembly. An original hammerbeam roof dating from 1511 is just one fascinating feature of the impressive Great Hall.

Guided Tours
All visitors to the castle can join our popular guided tour free of charge. Filled with intriguing tales and castle secrets for all.

The Honours of Scotland
Top of the list for many visitors are 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.

Mons Meg
This 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.

National War Museum Scotland
Discover the story of Scots at war over 400 years, revealed through personal mementoes, photographs and military objects.

One o'clock Gun
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.

Prisons of War Exhibition
A highly acclaimed ‘Prisons of War’ experience in the castle vaults vividly recalls the conditions the 18th century captives endured.

Royal Palace
Its fine rooms were the home of Scotland’s royalty for centuries, where Queen Marie de Guise died in 1560 and her daughter Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in 1566.

Royal Scots Regimental Museum
Explore the proud and exciting story of one of Scotland's most famous regiments.

Scottish National War Memorial
Originally opened in 1927, this is a memorial to Scots who died in both World Wars, and in later campaigns. Their names are listed here in the Roll of Honour.

The Regimental Museum Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
An important collection illustrating the history of Scotland's only cavalry regiment and its English and Scottish antecedents dating back to 1678.

The Stone of Destiny
The Stone of Destiny is an important symbol of Scottish nationhood, and still plays a central role in all British coronations. It was the coronation seat of ancient Scottish kings.

St Margaret's Chapel
Take a quiet moment in St Margaret’s Chapel, built by David I around 1130 and the oldest building in Edinburgh.

Views of Edinburgh
Photo hotspots around the castle - capture stunning views of Edinburgh

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Visit Edinburgh Castle to see a mighty fortress dominating the skyline of Scotland’s capital city.