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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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
star-4.5
$26.23 per adult
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Great tour
Excellent tour. Charles the guide was very informative and friendly. Trip was not too long and had plenty of time to explore the castle. Would definitely recommend!
Michael_G, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Edinburgh

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Helped understand the history
Shaqeel_H, Aug 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Really informative guide took us around bits of the Royal Mile and pointed out obscure parts of the town. He had to leave us at the entrance of the castle due to Covid rules which is a shame. Enjoyable experience though!
star-4
An enjoyable morning
Carolyn_B, Jul 2021
Guided Edinburgh Private Walking Tour
Stewart, our guide was charming & had a great knowledge of the history of Edinburgh. Due to Covid rules he wasn’t allowed to accompany us into the castle so we didn’t have him for a large proportion of the morning which was a shame.
star-5
Brilliant tour. Knowledgeable Guide.
Andrea_M, Nov 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
This was a small group tour of the of the hidden history of the Golden Mile. Our tour guide Nicky was excellent. She brought the history to life. Her knowledge was phenomenal and she was happy to answer any questions about Edinburgh. She the did a guided tour around the castle. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent Value
Alison_B, Oct 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
I tour guide was fantastic - it was pouring, but she kept the stories history lively and interesting - thank you
star-5
Fantastic!
Gemma_S, Oct 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Charles was wonderful and really brought the history of the area to life. The pace was good and there were plenty of interesting stories and characters to keep the children interested.
star-5
Our guide Charles had...
Diana_H, Oct 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Our guide Charles had best knowledge, he was very clear and specific in everything he said. I would highly recommend mercat tours
star-5
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.
star-5
Best tour guide
Dawn_C, Oct 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
Fred was the best tour guide ever!! She was very knowledgeable and animatad in her story telling. Also her English was very clear.
star-5
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!!!
star-5
Gtreat trip.
ernien579, Nov 2019
Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry and 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
star-5
Great way to see a beautiful city
Sandra_T, Oct 2019
Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry and 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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Historic Edinburgh
Anne_S, Oct 2021
Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle
I really enjoyed learning about the history of Edinburgh. Once Charles pointed out the winds and closes they were easy to spot and were fun to explore. We chose the tour option to see the castle, and enjoyed seeing how the the castle was set up.

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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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