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Historic Scotland's Valentines Day promotion offers £1000 off a magical wedding at Edinburgh Castle

10 February 2009

To celebrate Valentines Day and affairs of the heart, Historic Scotland is offering couples a special promotion on weddings at Edinburgh Castle.

With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, and potential proposal popping, Historic Scotland is offering couples £1,000 off a fairytale wedding in Edinburgh Castle's historic Queen Anne Room.

As Scotlandís most iconic destination, Edinburgh Castle holds over 100 weddings a year and the Queen Anne Room has played host to entertaining stars of the silver screen, politicians from around the world and royalty.

Set within the heart of the castle, the spectacular Queen Anne Room comprises a large banqueting hall and glazed courtyard. It offers a private facility for religious, civil, humanist and civil partnership ceremonies, creating an atmospheric start to any wedding celebration.

Shuna Readman, Wedding Executive at Historic Scotland, said: "With love in the air and Valentineís Day approaching, what better way to celebrate your perfect day than at one of Scotland's most famous castles.

Historic Scotland is delighted to be offering this money off your wedding promotion. More and more people are looking for unusual and impressive wedding venues nowadays, something that little bit more unique.

The castle offers splendour, luxury and exclusivity. Rich with history, it is a magical venue for your fairytale wedding. It's the kind of venue which would make your big day most magical."

Edinburgh Castle is just one of the prestigious wedding venues Historic Scotland offer across the country. Details of other wedding venues, including Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle are available online at:www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/weddings

NOTES TO EDITORS
  • Photographs of a wedding couple at the castle are available on request.

  • The special Valentines discount will be available on all provisional bookings made between 14 and 20 February. Weddings can be booked over the telephone by calling 0131 668 8973/8916. Or to register an interest via the internet: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/weddings

Terms and conditions:
£1,000 off the facility fee of Edinburgh Castle's Queen Anne Building includes 15% VAT. The usual price of a wedding here is £5,894 including VAT

Weddings must be booked between 14 and 20 February 2009. Couples should quote "Valentines Promotion" when booking. Weddings must take place before December 2010.

The promotional offer is subject to availability and is available to new bookings only. The offer is only available in the Queen Anne Building only. Timings may vary according to castle opening and closing times and are subject to a set start time. The maximum capacity for the room is 120 seated guests.

Edinburgh Castle is Scotlandís most famous landmark, perched high on the core of an extinct volcano dominating the skyline of the city. The castle has played a major part in the history of Scotland, and houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and The Stone of Destiny.



The castleís top 10 highlights are:

1. The Crown Room - where the Stone of Destiny and the nation's treasures are kept.
2. The Great Hall - which holds a fabulous display of arms and armour and the "key" to the Castle.
3. Royal Palace - rooms created in 1617 in honour of James VI.
4. St Margaretís Chapel - the oldest building in Edinburgh, built to commemorate the mother of David 1. This Chapel can also be used for weddings.
5. The Prisons of War - an atmospheric recreation of the life of prisoners at the end of the 18th century
6. Mons Meg -one of Europeís oldest siege guns that fired stones weighing 150kg over 3.2k
7. The One O'Clock Gun - the famous time signal has been fired almost daily since 1861.
8. The Scottish National War Memorial - shrine to those who gave their lives in conflicts from World War 1 onwards.
9. The National War Memorial of Scotland and individual regimental museums.
10. Panoramic views across the capital, over the Firth of Forth and into Fife, which can be enjoyed from the castle's walls.

Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding properties in its care, spanning over 5,000 years of history including some of the country's leading visitor attractions: Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace and Skara Brae.

Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/homecoming

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For further information


Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763
laura.varney@scotland.gsi.gov.uk