Edinburgh Castle

Explore iconic Edinburgh Castle and take in views across the city from this World Heritage Site perched high on Castle Rock. As one of the UK’s most loved attractions, Edinburgh Castle attracts thousands of visitors every week, making it a must-visit on your trip to the city.

To get there, walk along the Royal Mile leading right up to the castle, with impressive views along the way. Go over the drawbridge and through the gates to buy your tickets before going inside the castle, where you’ll learn all about its history over the centuries, from its days as a royal residence to becoming the main British army base.

As you explore the huge grounds, you’ll discover the 16th century Great Hall, the Castle Vaults with their eerie prisons, and the Royal Palace, home to the Scottish crown jewels. St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in the city, and marks the highest point at Edinburgh Castle, standing alongside the famous Mons Meg gun.

From the cannons on Argyle and Mills Mount batteries, you can see right across the Firth of Forth, so don’t forget your camera. At 1pm every day except Sunday, the One O’Clock Gun fires a time signal which can be heard right across the castle. Before leaving, make sure you visit the National War Museum to read about the battles fought on Scottish soil.

To make the most of your trip, take a guided tour through the castle grounds. Alternatively you can opt for an audio tour to find out more about the castle’s history and architecture.