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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.

  • Scotland welcomes the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run until 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit For more on Historic Scotland’s Homecoming activities visit or tweet us using #hshomecoming.

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Alice Wyllie
Historic Scotland Media Office
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768 096