Edinburgh Castle has been at the heart of Scotland’s life for well over 1,000 years. Well defended on its tall volcanic crag, it has been occupied since prehistoric times. By the medieval era it was an important royal residence, and the city growing up around it became the nation’s capital.
Edinburgh Castle is the most besieged castle in the UK and over many centuries has witnessed royal ceremonies, savage battles, medieval parliaments, lavish feasts, grand parades, ruthless politics, raids by stealth, the birth of a king and the deaths of queens, jousting tournaments, troubled marriages, devout prayers and intensive military activity.
Scottish monarchs commissioned grand buildings here, both as secure lodgings and as demonstrations of their wealth, power and sophistication. The castle’s royal role continues up to the present day.
The castle is also home to important national symbols, such as the Honours of Scotland (the crown jewels), the Stone of Destiny and the medieval siege cannon Mons Meg. Its long military use continues, and is recognised in the National War Museum, regimental museums, and the sombrely handsome Scottish National War Memorial.
In more recent times, Edinburgh Castle has gained recognition as an international icon and a fascinating place to visit. You are following in the footsteps of millions.
Visit the Edinburgh Castle website www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
to plan your visit and beat the queues by buying fast track tickets online.
Region – Edinburgh and the Lothians
Postcode: EH1 2NG
25 March - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 6.00pm (last entry 5pm)
1 October - 24 March , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.00pm (last entry 4pm)
to buy admission tickets.