Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. The castle is situated on a hill in the city, the area the castle is built on had always been used by settlements in the earlier centuries due to the hill and its strategic advantages. The castle has a complex building history, with the oldest part dating back to the 12th century. Over the years it has been expanded and redeveloped to suit the many purposes it's been used for such as a royal residence, military barracks and a fortress. The castle which is steeped in history still has multiple purposes, the British Army still use parts of the building but most of the castle is now used to host museums. 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.
Getting to the castle is pretty simple, if already in Edinburgh it is a walking distance from most areas of the city, the castle dominates the skyline so is a visible reference. It is also a walking distance away from the closest train station ‘Waverley’. Car parking is available at the castle and this costs £10 for 2-12 hours.
Opening Times and Admission
The castle is open to visitors from 9.30am-5pm every day, except bank holidays. Admission is set at £17 for adults and £10.20 for children. Castle stewards run guided tours around the castle, but you are free to make your own way around and audio tours are available in 8 languages. The castle has a number of shops, which includes the Crown Jewel Shop; which sells an exclusive line of specialised jewellery. Disabled access is available and because of the location of the castle, cars can be arranged to pick people with a disability up, so that they don’t have to struggle up the hill.