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Edinburgh Castle

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No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle, you will be overwhelmed by the spectacular views of Edinburgh afforded from this Scottish "Castle of Castles". Edinburgh castle is the most popular attraction in Scotland, with over one million visitors each year.

Edinburgh Castle is a fortress which dominates the sky-line of the city of Edinburgh, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. Human habitation of the site is thought to be dated back as far as the 9th century BC. There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. From the later 17th century, the castle became a military base, with a large garrison. Its importance as a historic monument was recognised from the 19th century, and various restoration programmes have been carried out since.

Historic Scotland maintains a number of facilities within the Castle, including two cafes/restaurants, several shops, and numerous historical displays. An educational centre in the Queen Anne Building runs events for schools and educational groups, including re-enactors in costume and with period weaponry. There are also a number of re-enactors employed for the general public.

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Contact:
hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Admission:
Adult (aged 16 to 59):  £12.00
Child (aged 5 to 15):  £6.00
Concession (aged 60 and over, unemployed):  £10.00
Child under 5: FREE

Opening hours:
Summer (1 Apr - 30 Sep)
9:30am - 6:00pm
Winter (1 Oct - 31 Mar)
9:30am - 5:00pm

Contact Details:

Address:
Castle Hill
Edinburgh,
Midlothian
EH12NG
Telephone: 0131 668 8831