Explore Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most thrilling historic locations in the United Kingdom and a world-renowned icon, being part of a World Heritage Site that encompasses Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns.
Positioned on top of a dormant volcano, Edinburgh Castle has been a commanding feature on the horizon of Scotland’s exciting capital city for hundreds of years and is certain to capture your imagination.
Recently designated top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards, the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s number one paid-for attraction, will take your breath away. No journey to the UK is complete without it!
A Brief History of Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the horizon of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, from its location on the Castle Rock.
This most well-known of Scotland’s castles has a complex building history as there has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, which is when the oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from.
Edinburgh Castle continued, at periods, to be a royal dwelling until 1633, with the Great Hall being erected by James IV around 1510 and the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century. By the 17th century, it was mainly used as military quarters with a large garrison.
Investigations have discovered that 26 sieges have taken place in Edinburgh Castle’s 1100-year history as one of Scotland’s most significant strongholds, giving it claim to be the most besieged place in the United Kingdom and one of the most attacked in the world.
In recent times, Edinburgh Castle has been a popular film location, appearing on the small and big screen in television programmes and movies such as the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s book, Filth, featuring James McAvoy.
Getting to Edinburgh Castle
The castle is in Edinburgh City Centre, easily accessible by bus, tram and train.
Edinburgh Airport is easy to get to, with good tram and bus links to the centre of town. More…
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