Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is the most famous castle of Scotland. In its architecture is resumed the history of the Country. The most ancient part of the building, St. Margaret’s Chapel, dates back to 1110, followed by the Great Hall, which was built under James IV around 1510.

The Half Moon Battery was a project by Regent Morton and was built in the late 16th century, while the Scottish National War Memorial dates back to the end of the Second World War. Absolutely not to miss are the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, the National War Museum of Scotland, and the guns Mons Meg and One O’Clock.

Edinburgh Castle – Tips

Have a picture of yourself taken astride one of the cannons on the Argyle Battery. Make sure to be at the Mills Mount Battery at 1 o’clock to watch the cannons shooting. In the past, the cannon used to shoot to show time to ships sailing along the Forth street. Today the cannon keeps shooting to keep the tradition alive. In Calton Hill stands the monument dedicated to Nelson, a bizarre structure in the shape of a telescope with a ball hanging above. At 1 o’clock, when the cannon shoots, the ball falls down.

If you have few time available you may skip the visit of the Castle and concentrate on the fantastic panoramic view over the city and the surrounding countryside. The best position is on the bastions opposite St Margaret Chapel: from here the sight roves downward to the New Town, and further to the Forth Strait and the Lomond Hills.

Just under the bastions of the Argyle Battery lies the small and well kept Pet’s Cemetary, where the rests of pets belonging to soldiers are buried. At the Explanade ask someone to show you the Witches’ Well, a small iron made fountain: here witches and women accused of witchcraft were burnt.

Address
Castle Hill, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Info
Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 9846 E-mail: hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Opening hours
April to October from 9.30 am to 18.00 pm. Last admission at 18.00. From November to March from 9.30 am to 17.00 pm. Last admission at 16.15. January from 11.00 am to 17.00 pm.
Closed on Christmas day and Boxing Day.

Tickets
(free admission for children under 5). Reservation is recommended for groups. The last admission is permitted until 45 minutes before closing time. Disabled people. A Courtesy car provided by the Bank of Scotland is available to carry people with disabilities on top of the Castle. Inside the castle corridors and lifts permit to access the Crown Jewels room and the Stone of Destiny, with the corresponding exhibitions. Other corridors permit to reach the War Memorial, while some Braille guides are available for blind people.

Car parks
The parking area is restricted from June to October due to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo festival.

Shops
A special line of jewels can be purchased in the area close to the Crown Jewels Room and the Royal Apartments.

Audio guide players
Guided visits are available, as well as audio guide players in 6 languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese and Dutch).

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