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Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age , although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock 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 15th century the castles residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison. Its importance as a part of Scotlands national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early 19th century onwards, and various restoration programmes have been carried out over the past century and a half. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. It has been besieged, both successfully and unsuccessfully, on several occasions.


09:30 AM to 05:30 PM

Entry Ticket:
Adults: £16.50
Children (5 to 15 yrs): £9.90
Children (Under 5 yrs): Free
Concessions (Abov 60 yrs. and unemployed): £13.20

Opens on:
All Days

Other Information:
Type: Historic Fortress
Attractions: St. Margaret's Chapel, The Great Hall, The Half Moon Battery, Scottish National War Memorial
Contains: Honours (Crown Jewels) of Schotland, The Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg Gun, One O'Clock Gun

Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2NG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 131 225 9846

Closest Local Transport:
How to Reach
By Bus
Stand: Opp. Victoria Street, United Kingdom
Frequency: 5 min

By Tram
Station: Princes Street, United Kingdom
Frequency: 11 min

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