Towering above Edinburgh since the 13th century, Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction. Unmissable in the centre of Edinburgh, it is a must-visit on a trip to the area. The legendary, haunted castle offers something for everyone to enjoy, making it a great day out for all the family. Let us help you plan your trip to Edinburgh Castle with our top tips and advice;
With so much to explore at Edinburgh Castle, it can be easy to miss some of the top attractions within the walls. No visit to the castle is complete without seeing the Royal Apartments, which were once the official residence of the later Stuart monarchs, such as Mary Queen Of Scots. The Scottish Crown Jewels can also be found in the Crown Chamber, where they have been on display since 1818.
In the south side of Crown Square is the Great Hall, which was once used for state ceremonies and Scottish parliaments. Today, it houses a grand collection of armour. St Margaret’s Chapel is one of the first things you will see as you climb up to the castle and is the oldest building in the whole of Edinburgh.
Planning a visit to Edinburgh Castle couldn’t be easier. You can reach the castle on foot from almost anywhere in Edinburgh city centre, and buses and trams run regularly from the centre to the castle. The castle is open from 9.30 am daily, and we recommend giving yourself at least four hours to discover everything that Edinburgh Castle has to offer. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or on the gate, and you can choose a time slot that suits you. Prices start from £17.50 for adults and £10.50 for children aged 5 to 15.
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