Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
This most famous of Scottish castles dominates Scotland's capital, Edinburgh and gives stunning views of the city and countryside.
The Castle boasts:
St Margaret's Chapel;
the enormous 500-year old siege cannon Mons Meg;
the Great Hall;
the royal palace and the Scottish National War Memorial are here together with the highly acclaimed "Honours of the Kingdom" exhibition which traces the history of Scotland's Crown Jewels and culminates in a visit to the Crown Room housing the Scottish Regalia and the Stone of Destiny.
The Vaults were where foreign prisoners-of-war were held, particularly those captured the wars with France in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- A free audio tour is available just inside the castle.
- Courtesy vehicle for disabled visitors (sponsored by the Bank of Scotland).
- Restaurant offering self and table service.
- Car parking. Bus parking. Toilets. Exhibition. Refreshment facilities. Shop. Reasonable wheelchair access. Disabled toilets.
Open all year. seven days a week.
April - September :-
9.30am - 6.30pm.
October to March:-
9.30am - 5.30pm.
Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing.
Cost of admission
- Adults £6.00
- OAP & UB40:- £4.50
- Kids 5 - 15:- £1.50, under 5 free
If you wish only to visit the Scottish National War Memorial (housed within the Castle), you may do so for free. Just make your wishes known at the ticket office, they will then summon a warden who will escort you direct to the Memorial, and then back to the castle entrance once you have finished.
All a bit of a pain, but I'm sure that it gets up their noses more than the visitor's !
How to get there:-
In EDINBURGH, reached from the top of the Royal Mile, or from Princes Street via The Mound