Edinburgh Castle is Edinburgh's best known and most popular attraction and one of the most visited ancient monuments in Great ... More
Edinburgh Castle is Edinburgh's best known and most popular attraction and one of the most visited ancient monuments in Great Britain. It has breathtaking views of Edinburgh and tons to interest young and old alike - the Great Hall and Royal Apartments, the Crown Room, the Half Moon Battery, statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, and the Esplanade to name but a few. The Esplanade is also the venue of the world-renowned Military Tattoo, with its music, marching and historical re-enactments. The castle is home to Scotland's most famous cannon - a 15th-century monstrosity called Mons Meg, which is fired every day except Sunday. In a more somber corner of the castle is the Witches' Well where over 300 women were burned between 1492-1722.
The Edinburgh Castle is worth the small entrance fee. For a few extra pounds, you can also enjoy the historically-packed audio tour (a must for the solo traveller!). Investigate the small museums inside, have bite at its eatery, and take in the sight of Edinburgh below you. The castle is a great stop for any photographer, amateurs included!
It can easily be a full/half day activity. Not really a kid's attraction, unless they are history-buffs. The guided tours are a little too crowded, and you are probably better off with the audio (I did see some families purchasing one audio tour and then that person became the family's private 'tour guide').
With hostels available right along the Royal Mile, accommodation is cheap and convenient for a full days stay (enjoy the sites/shops along the Royal Mile as well!).
The Castle is an ancient stronghold on the Castle Rock in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, at the top of the Royal Mile. You can easily spend a day up there exploring the Kirk of the Canongate,St.Mary's Chapel, Crown Square, The Great Hall, The Half Moon Battery,The Scottish National War Memorial and The Stone of Destiny. The View from the Castle is spectacular, don't miss the One O'Clock Gun.
The best thing to me was the dog cemetary. That's NOT a put-down, I simply admire people who place dogs in such high regard. For another bit of Hound History, check out Greyfriars Bobby, just down the Royal Mile. The castle is so wonderful I couldn't help but think this must have been one of my great-grandad's last memories as he left the country in 1903 for the US. It took 101 years for anyone in my family to get back there. I'm just glad it was ME! Even if you're not into the history of the castle & city, GO - you won't regret it.
Very medieval and symbolic castle around which the entire city was built upon. It has been turned very much into a tourist attraction so some of the medieval allure is lost in the guided trips when tons of people throng through the castle. The trips are relatively expensive too.
However, the importance of the castle to the origin of the city of Endinburgh makes a visit to this castle a mandatory thing to do. There are many shops just around the castle that sells medieval items like swords, helmets, etc. Quite interesting place.
Boring, nothing for children! I was looking forward to an exciting afternoon out for the whole family and it's just something i didn't get i was very disappointed! I'm not saying not to go but it is't what i would call a fun day out!
This castle and all of its medieval splendor is worth the trip to Edinburgh alone. Be sure to box off about a half-day with a worthy guide to get the most from this fortress that has never fallen due to seige. (by treachery sure but not to seige.) St. Catherines chapel inside is a quaint landmark to the antiquity of the site. Well worth a visit.
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