Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
Dominating the impressive city skyline, Edinburgh Castle has sat on the volcanic Castle Rock since the 12th Century. Perfectly positioned high at the top of the famous Royal Mile, it was a major defence structure for the city involved in many ancient battles. The Scottish Royal family used it as a Royal Residence until 1603 and it remains an important historic monument. Today, it is open to the public and receives over a million visitors every year.
Things to do at Edinburgh Castle
- You can experience stunning panoramic views of Scotland’s capital from the high position at the top of Castle Rock.
- Explore the Castle Esplanade, which is the area leading to the entrance of Edinburgh Castle. This was used as a place of execution in the past and a memorial was erected there for the 300 women burned as witches during the 15th to 18th centuries. There are also many military memorials and statues. It is also the venue for the prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo held every August.
- See the One o’clock gun being fired. The Master Gunner fires it at 1 pm Monday to Saturday and crowds gather each day to enjoy the spectacle. You can hear the sound of the gun being fired all across the city.
- Take the tour of the castle to discover its fascinating stories. Highlights include the Great Hall, Crown Room, Royal Palace, St. Margaret’s Chapel and the National War Museum of Scotland.
- Within the Crown Room, see the Scottish Crown Jewels. The ancient Honours of Scotland are made up of the crown, sceptre and sword of state. Scotland’s Stone of Destiny was used as a traditional coronation seat for Scottish monarchs for hundreds of years.
Edinburgh Castle Tickets
Visit the Edinburgh Castle website for tickets and more information.