Includes Skip-The-Line Castle Entrance!
Edinburgh Castle dominates one of the world’s most heroic and bloody national histories. It stands on Castle Rock, a dead volcano which was cut to its hard basalt core in the Ice Age, with the Old Town now nestling in its geological shadow. Despite the seemingly impenetrable defences, the castle’s past is riddled with dramatic conquests, captures and tales of destruction. Today, however, it is one of the quietest places in the city, far above the busy streets of Edinburgh, with breathtaking views across South West Scotland.
The Castle’s crucial role in the history of Scotland and Great Britain is obvious from the acclaimed museums and memorials within. Make the most of your visit to Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction, with an expert guide who will lead you around the upper end of the Royal Mile and throughout your trip to the Castle, show you things all other visitors miss, and ensure you get the best value for your time and money. After the tour through the Castle, guests are welcome to stay as long as they like, until closing time. No visit to Scotland is complete without visiting this number one visitor attraction in the country!
Please be aware that Edinburgh Castle stays open until 5pm and your Castle Ticket is only valid on the day of purchase. You will have 1½ hours to explore the Castle after the tour, but for a longer visit you will have to purchase a new ticket on a different day.
*Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
- High Street
On this 2-hour* walking tour you will hear about the secrets and main attractions of the Castle and the Castlehill area, including:
- Dùn Èideann, the first settlement
- The Castle & the Esplanade
- Glaciers and volcanoes
- Wars with England & Scottish independence
- National War Museum and War Memorial
- St Margaret’s Chapel
- Royal Crown Jewels
- The first city walls
- Mons Meg Cannon
- The Dungeons
- Half Moon Battery
- Dog Cemetery
- The Stone of Destiny
...and much more!