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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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4,269 Reviews
Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

The Basics

Explore Edinburgh Castle on a time-saving skip-the-line walking tour or delve into the history of this iconic fortress on a private tour. See the room where the macabre 15th-century Black Dinner took place; admire the Stone of Destiny; take a photo with the massive Mons Meg cannon; visit the room where Queen Mary gave birth to King James IV; and find mysterious graffiti left behind by prisoners of war.

Many Edinburgh city tours also include a visit to the castle, whether you want to explore by private mini-bus, vintage taxicab, or on a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
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$24.12 per adult
Great to ‘double click’
William was knowledgeable and great fun to listen to. Understanding some of Edinburgh’s secrets makes one appreciate the city so much more.
Simon_S, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Informative and facinating
Sheryl_J, Jun 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
William was our tour guide and he was brilliant. Very informative and funny. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and learning some of the history in Edinburgh, facinating. Many thanks
star-5
Great tour
Cathy_W, Jun 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Really easy to find the team, the guide was excellent, he had a lovely way with him and great knowledge. The weather was superb so made it even better, the timing was great just fast enough to keep it interesting but slow enough to take it in.
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Fantastic tour
Jen, May 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Simon was such a great tour guide - funny, knowledgeable and engaging. Throughly enjoyed every minute. Highly recommend!
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Lovely day
Sukhjit_D, Aug 2020
Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
You will be able to see the highlights of Edinburgh in a day and it’s excellent way of travelling especially now because of COVID-19. Our tour guide and chauffeur for the day was Alexandra and we had very relaxing day. He was very knowledgable and had good sense of humour.
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Edinburgh walking tour
kathykelly310, Nov 2019
Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
We had a wonderful tour with Mr. Usher! He was so informative. We saw so much of the city and learned so much. He went above and beyond when he saw I had a list of places to see. He actually took us by car to see the last few things on my list...pretty special! I’d highly recommend this walking tour. Loved every minute!!!
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Gtreat trip.
ernien579, Nov 2019
Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry, Optional Hop-on Hop-off bus
I have done this trip three times, the train ride is wonderful (there are no trains where I live) I love wandering around Edinburgh
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Edinburgh Day Trip
Explore01211125891, Sep 2019
Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry, Optional Hop-on Hop-off bus
Interesting city. Liked hop on hop off bus. Great old buildings for photos. Edinburgh castle was interesting. Lots of walking though. Long train ride for a few hours in Edinburgh.
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Great way to see a beautiful city
Road548060, Oct 2019
Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry, Optional Hop-on Hop-off bus
The train ride was a little long, but worth it. Beautiful city with great history. Hop on Hop off bus was a wonderful way of seeing a great deal in one day.
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Great tour!
Fiona_T, Oct 2020
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Nicki was a great guide with lots of interesting info. Shame she couldn’t take us in the castle due to COVID restrictions.
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Exceeded our Expectations
Gary_L, Mar 2020
Edinburgh Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
The full day guided tour was the highlight of our time in Edinburgh and completely exceeded our expectations! Alexander was our tour guide and his love and knowledge of the history of Edinburgh was delivered with passion, fun and so much insight. Our group of four all agreed that this was the best way to see and learn about the beautiful city of Edinburgh and The surrounding areas. We are so grateful we booked. We will be talking about this tour for years to come. Thank you for an amazing experience!
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Fabulous experience
Cory, Feb 2020
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Our guide was very informative. The tour was more than I expected. I would definitely recommend. The Edinburgh castle was impressive.
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Lovely day on Best of Scotland
Holly J, Sep 2019
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
We really enjoyed our day with Eddie on the Wee Red Bus. The bus was new and clean and comfortable, and the visits were just the right length at each stop. It was a lovely complement to Edinburgh urban experiences. Eddie was engaging and talked just the right amount. He also brought his own “mix tape” of Scottish historical songs which we much enjoyed. Great day!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Edinburgh Castle is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors to the city.

  • It’s possible to spend anywhere from two hours to a full day exploring the castle.

  • Visitors are subject to bag searches, and storage is not available for large personal items such as backpacks, luggage, and strollers.

  • Photographs are not allowed inside the Scottish National War Memorial or the Scottish Crown Jewel exhibit.

  • Parts of the castle may not be accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Edinburgh Castle is located atop a hill in the Old Town. Parking is difficult in this part of Edinburgh, so the easiest way to get there is on foot from the Royal Mile, by public transport, or on a guided tour. The city’s primary train and bus terminal (Edinburgh Waverley) is within walking distance of the castle.

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Trip ideas

Royal Collection Trust Palace of Edinburgh's Holyrood House

Royal Collection Trust Palace of Edinburgh's Holyrood House


When to Get There

The castle is open year-round and is busiest in summer. Arrive early to avoid crowds and plan to visit the Crown Jewels first, as lines form quickly and can take over an hour to get through. Afternoon visitors can enjoy the daily firing of the “one-o’clock gun,” while August travelers can sometimes see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performing just outside the castle walls.

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Best Photo Spots in Edinburgh Castle

The castle’s sweeping Old Town city views are no coincidence—its hilltop position was carefully chosen to protect the city. For great views and equally great photographs, head to the windows near the row of cannons along Half Moon Battery, the grated overlooks across from the military prison, or St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest surviving part of the castle.

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Edinburgh Castle