Towering over the Edinburgh skyline, Edinburgh Castle is the city's number one tourist attraction. It's easy to see why. The 20-building complex combines history, a wonderful view of the city and more than a little intrigue.
About Edinburgh Castle
There has been a royal palace on the Castle Rock since the 12th century. However, most of the current buildings were constructed during the 16th century and later. The primary exception to this is St. Margaret's Chapel, built in the early 12th century and the oldest building in Edinburgh.
The highlight of any visit to the Edinburgh Castle complex is the Royal Palace itself. This edifice contains the royal apartments used by the Stewart monarchs, the Crown Room, which houses the Scottish crown jewels, the room where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI and the dramatic King's Dining Room.
Other buildings of interest in the Castle compound include the National War Museum of Scotland and the Great Hall, once home of the chief assembly in Scotland. Edinburgh Castle is also the site of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a Scottish cultural presentation held during the summer with bagpipe concerts, dance and traditional folk music.
Visiting Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is located at the end of the Royal Mile and easily accessible via the Waverly and Haymarket light rail stations. The castle complex is open seven days a week, year-round. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from April 1 to September 30 and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from October 1 to March 31.
Admission to Edinburgh Castle is 16 pounds for adults (16 to 59 years), 9.60 pounds for children (6 to 15 years) and 12.80 pounds for those aged 60 and older and the unemployed. Children aged 5 and younger are admitted free. Admission includes entrance to all the buildings in the complex plus a guided tour.
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