City trip to Edinburgh, the castle

Wherever you walk in Edinburgh, you can see the great castle from everywhere. It is one of the most popular attractions and definitely worth seeing when you visit the city. Because in addition to the beautiful buildings, this is also where the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiney are located, on which the kings were enthroned.

History Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is located on Castle Rock and has been there for centuries. The first people lived on this mountain for almost 3000 years and in the year 638 the city of Edinburgh was formed with the fortress on the mountain. The mountain served mainly for security, but later more as a home for the Scottish Royal families and has always played a major role in the wars against England. The castle has been taken over by the English several times, but the Scots are certainly not the easiest and have been able to get it back each time. The buildings on the site date from the 12th century, including St. Maragets Chapel. A 14th century David Tower and the Great Hall and Royal Palace of the 16th century.

What is there to see?

There are 25 viewing points in the castle grounds, all of which are covered during the castle audio tour. At the beginning you see the impressive passage of the castle with its enormous gates and doors. When you climb the stairs you arrive at the castle square with a beautiful view over the city of Edinburgh. This is also the place where the 18th century cannons can be viewed. Located on the square is the National War Museum where you will find a collection of Scottish military history. On the right is the Governors House where the Governor lived in the 18th century, but this is normally not open to visitors, just like the building The new Barracks. This is only drawn up on special occasions. Further museums include the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum and the Royal Scots Museum which delve into Scotland’s military history. One of the most popular buildings on the site is St. Margarets Chapel, built around 1130, as a private chapel for the Royal family. Funny enough, it’s a very small building. An impressive sight is also the Royal Palace where the Scottish Royal family lived, including the famous Mary Queens of Scots. To get a further idea of the family, the crown jewels are definitely worth a look! Large beautiful jewels are there to be viewed. But the castle certainly has a military past and further visits include the Scottish National war memorial, which is definitely worth seeing and Prisons of war, a room where the prisoners were held. The castle certainly exudes an old medieval atmosphere and the sights are clearly arranged and beautifully decorated.

General information

Opening hours

  • The castle is open 7 days a week.
  • Between April 1 and October 31 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • And between November 1 and March 31 from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
  • The castle is closed during Christmas.
  • Please note that no new people are allowed in 45 minutes before closing time.


  • Adults £12 (60 and over £9)
  • Children £6 (under 5s free)
  • You can also order the tickets via the internet, via the website below, and that will certainly save you waiting for a long time.

Audio tour prize:

  • Adults £3.50 (60 and over £2.50)
  • Children £1.50

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