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Edinburgh Castle unveils new hospitality and tourism offerings for 2012

25 April 2012

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s number one paid for visitor attraction has unveiled a host of new hospitality and tourism offerings for 2012.

During August, Historic Scotland and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have joined together to offer a selection of unique hospitality options as the Tattoo hosts a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Packages include a first class array of exciting hospitality options, providing fine dining across a stunning choice of venues within the Castle. Guests can also enjoy other exclusive elements including private receptions and behind the scenes tours.

Also new for this year are afternoon teas at the newly refurbished castle Tea Rooms. Visitors can enjoy afternoon tea in the dramatic surroundings of crown square which has played host to a number of key events in history. Pre-bookings can be made in advance for groups of up to 100. Special group rates on application.

The castle is also offering pre-booked private tours outwith opening hours where groups can get exclusive access to the Honours of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the Royal Palace and Mons Meg amongst other attractions.

Graeme Bowie, Sales Manager for Historic Scotland said;

“We are always looking to evolve our offering at Edinburgh Castle and look at different ways to enhance the visitor experience.

“These packages are intended to provide travel operators with greater flexibility for customers who may be looking for a more bespoke experience when visiting the castle.

“The newly refurbished tearooms are a fantastic chance to offer customers a broader hospitality offer as part of their visit, whilst the private tours allow visitors to view the castle’s famous attractions in a more flexible way.

“We are also pleased to be working with partners such as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to bring a truly immersive experience for visitors in this historic year of one of Scotland’s most colourful and well known global events.”

For further information please contact the Historic Scotland Sales Team on 0131 668 8831 or email

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.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                          Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858