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Reviewed 28 June 2018

A Historic Scotland site. On our must-see list. While it is a must see, we were underwhelmed. It may have been the rain or more likely it was the crowds. As one of the top two sites in Scotland it is busy all the time. We arrived to find a line up of hundreds waiting to get into the castle. This was at about 10 am. Luckily, we had taken a Historic Scotland membership before we arrived. This allowed us to go to the front of the line. Without this we probably would have passed on the castle.

The weather was typical Scotland, heavy clouds with a constant drizzle of rain. There were crowds of people everywhere with line ups forming for the top sites – including the Scottish crown jewels. We were lucky, having jumped the line we were able to get to most of the sites before the lines become too long. Our preference is the lesser castles – lots of history and few people. You can actually relax and enjoy your visit at these sites. This was far more of a let’s get through this to say we have been, than it was an enjoyable visit.

It is rich in history and huge in scale, but the crowds make it very difficult to enjoy. We also, are uninterested in the recent military history. While we understand it is a part of the Castle’s past we found a substantial portion of the castle given over to the recent military past. A shame really when the castle has so much other history that could be focused on.

Unfortunately, while it had been high on our to see list, we were disappointed with the experience.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank beachbums_ceo
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I love this country I can live all my life here
Historical figures very enjoyable sunny nature many things you can find
We have to pay money for visit to this castle about £18.50 but it’s absolutely fine

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kübra K
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I recently visited Edinburgh Castle and found myself sharing it with hordes of other high-season tourists. This historic castle sits on a promontory with nice views out over the surrounding area. It also has ancient cannons, the Crown Jewels, well-preserved rooms like The Great Hall, and the War Memorial. And there’s still an active military presence there. The cafe is surprisingly nice and at one o’clock they fire a modern cannon! It’s a lot of uphill walking on cobbles, but it’s fun for children of all ages and an Edinburgh must-see. Be sure to get your tickets in advance online, otherwise the ticket queue can be quite long.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank The_Examined_Life
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

If you could only visit one castle in the Edinburgh area, this would be it. Now, if you could only find a time when it isn't so crowded!! We took the free guided tour, so we did get some good info, however the place was jammed and very difficult to maneuver around.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank DebbaJoy
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Arrived at 9:20 am on the advice of a security guard the previous evening. Gates opened promptly at 9:30 am and we went straight to a bag search queue. This took about 10 minutes, then up to the ticket box, queue about 5 minutes, finally a queue for the audio guide, another 10 minutes..... and then we were in. The castle and its museums were all very interesting and there was lots to see and learn. The Crown Jewels exhibition was very very crowded and it was hard to see. For everything else the crowds dispersed around the site. We spent almost 3 hours there and still didn’t get the see everything.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Natasha09
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