Edinburgh Castle enjoys its busiest Easter weekend on record
23 April 2014
Edinburgh Castle welcomed a record number of visitors over the Easter weekend, with
26,087 people crossing the drawbridge between Friday and Monday; nearly 2,000 more than the previous
Easter record which was set in 2009.
The castle, which is Scotland’s number one paid-for visitor attraction, welcomed
over 1.4 million visitors in 2013.
Historic Scotland, which operates Edinburgh Castle, saw strong visitor numbers across
its sites over the Easter weekend.
A total of 64,869 people visited its 78 paid-for sites, up 31 per cent up on last
year. The busiest day across the estate was Saturday 19th April, with 18,946 visitors.
Stirling Castle was 20 per cent up year on year with 8,795 visitors and Urquhart
Castle was up almost 23 per cent on last Easter with 5,024 visitors.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “The Easter
weekend is a lovely time to visit one of Scotland’s many world-class historic sites and I am delighted
that so many people chose to enjoy the good weather at Edinburgh Castle this past weekend. In 2013 the
castle welcomed over 1.4 million visitors for the first time, and it’s wonderful that the site is breaking
further visitor records in 2014.”
Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at Historic Scotland said: “The
Easter weekend is always a popular time for our sites, but this year we welcomed a record number of
visitors to Edinburgh Castle.
“We continue to invest in our visitor offering at the castle and across our other
sites, through our retail, e-commerce and membership products as well as through our award-winning events
programme. Following a record-breaking 2013 at the castle, we have a busy programme of events and public
performances planned for the coming months to help bring history to life.”
Notes for editors:
- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government
charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish
Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
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