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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, a majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history, is the best known and most visited of Edinburgh's historic buildings.


Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage site.


The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.


Rich in history, the building has a very interesting and dramatic past. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War.


Events at the Castle -


The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

An annual display of stunning military sets from around the world. The Edinburgh Tattoo takes place in August.


Costumed performances

Meet the costumed characters and get the chance to find out about life in some of Scotland’s most historic buildings. From Kings and Queens to Castle gaolers and the King’s executioner, hear stories about their lives, the time in which they lived and the events that marked them out.


Guided tours of the castle are offered by experienced and well-informed stewards.


All visitors to the castle can join the popular guided tour. Filled with intriguing tales and castle secrets for all.