On the hill of an extinct volcano was built strategically the Castle where they could control and defend the communications between the North of England and the North of Scotland
The entrance to the Castle, 16 Pounds is not cheap , but I liked the visit.
Castle is a sober, no luxuries, used by the military, where the visit , which can last several hours, is pleasant and interesting by the breathtaking views from the sites that are installed batteries of guns , where you see all of Edinburgh from Princess Street and New Town to the coast and the hills and villages that are in the estuary of the River Forth ( Firth of Forth ) . There are also interesting visits as the National War Museum , St. Margaret 's Chapel , the cannon Mons Meg of 500 Pounds , the Prisons , the Memorial of the Scottish Wars , the Great Hall and the Royal Palace where are the " Honours Scotland " , which are the Crown Jewels and among them are the crowns that used James V , Bruce ... and the the Stone of Destiny ...
As curious details we may say say :
That the flag that stands at the highest point of the Castle is the Union Jack and not the Scottish Saltire, , because it is a military castle that is under the armed forces of the United Kingdom
At one o´clock you may listen " One o´clock Gun " , which is just a cannon that shoots at one to serve as a time signal to mariners who were in the " Firth of Forth "
Sobre la colina de un volcán extinto se construyó el Castillo desde donde estratégicamente se podían controlar y defender las comunicaciones entre el Norte de Inglaterra y el Norte de Escocia
La entrada al Castillo no es barata 16 Libras , pero a mi me gustó la visita .
Es un castillo sobrio, sin lujos utilizado por militares, en el que la visita, que puede durar varias horas, se hace agradable e interesante por las impresionantes vistas que hay desde los sitios en que están instaladas las baterías de cañones , desde donde se ve todo Edimburgo, desde Princess Stret y New Town hasta la costa y las colinas y pueblos que están en la ría del río Forth ( Firth of Forth ) . Además hay visitas interesantes como el Museo Nacional de la Guerra, La capilla de Santa Margarita, el cañón de 500 Libras Mons Meg, las prisiones , El memorial de las guerras de Escocia, el Gran Salón y el Palaco Real donde están los "Honores de Escocia", que no es otra cosa que las Joyas de la Corona y entre ellas están la corona que utilizaron Jaime V, Bruce , La Piedra del Destino...
Como detalles curiosos diremos:
Que la bandera que se alza en el punto más alto del Castillo es la Union Jack y no la Bandera Escocesa, pues es un castillo militar que está integrado en las fuerzas armadas del reino Unido
A la una funciona el "Cañón de la una en punto", que no es más que un cañón que se dispara ba a la una, para que sirviera como señal horaria a los navegantes que estaban en la "Firth of Forth"
The Castle esplanade , is the site where is assembled a grandstand with a capacity of 8,600 people, to witness the Military Tattoo held during the month of August
The stands are used little more than one month a year, but most of the rest of the year is spent installing and removing them. The work is done very carefully and piece by piece to be quiet and not disturb the neighbors, so the esplanade is pretty busy all year
Here is the well of the witches, which commemorates that burned of 300 women accused of witchcraft in the sixteenth century
The Miltary Tattoo it is a great spectacle that worth to visit it , but only is performed in August
La esplanada del Castillo, es el sitio donde se montan unas tribunas, con capacidad de 8.600 personas, para presenciar el Military Tattoo que se celebra durante el mes de Agosto
Las tribunas se utilizan poco más de un mes al año , pero casi el resto del año lo pasan montando y desmontándolas . Los trabajos se hacen con mucho cuidado y pieza a pieza para no hacer ruido y no molestar a los vecinos , por eso la esplanada está prácticamente ocupada todo el año
Aquí está el pozo de las brujas, donde se conmemora que se quemaron 300 mujeres acusadas de brujería en el Siglo XVI
El Miltary Tattoo debe ser un espectáculo que vale la pena , pero sólo se realiza en Agosto
The castle of Edinburgh is a recognizable symbol of Edinburgh as it makes a presence from many parts of the city in sitting atop castle rock, a volcanic formation some 350 million years old. Human habitation here can be traced back to the 9th century, though there is some evidence that it was known in Roman times as early as the 2nd century. The castle itself was a royal residence and defensive position since the 12th century. It’s quite clear to see why it was chosen as a defensive position and it becomes even more clear once inside. It’s quite an impressive castle and takes at least several hours to tour.
The tour of the castle is 16 pounds (~$25 USD), a bit expensive perhaps, but it’s the major tourist attraction in Edinburgh. Aside from the grounds of the castle itself, which are quite large, there are museums inside (including a place for the Crown Jewels). Many fantastic panoramic views of Edinburgh from all compass points can be enjoyed. Although expensive to enter, I suppose it is worth it for all it has to offer. Here is a list of some things to see inside the castle with a brief description or summary of each item for convent reference:
1.) Honors of Scotland – Otherwise known as the Crown Room, here the nation’s treasures are kept including the stone of destiny (Stone of Scone), the coronation stone of Scottish monarchs.
2.) The Great Hall – Built by King James IV in 1511, it holds a fabulous display of armor & weapons as well as the ‘key’ to the castle. Other uses included conducting business of state, and as a garrison by Oliver Cromwell's army
3.) Royal Apartments – Dating from the 15th century, where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to the boy who became James VI of Scotland and James I of England
4.) St. Margaret’s Chapel – The oldest building in the Edinburgh, dating from the 12th century to commemorate Queen Margaret, the mother of David I
5.) The Prisons Vaults – An atmospheric recreation of the life of prisoners at the end of the 18th century, originally built in the 15th century
6.) Mons Meg – One of Europe’s oldest siege guns that fired stones weighing 150kg (330lbs) over 3.2kg (2 miles) has not been fired since 1681
7.) The One o’clock gun – The famous time signal has been fired almost daily since 1861 except Sundays and Good Friday
8.) The Scottish War Memorial – A shrine to those who gave their lives in conflicts from World War I onwards and first opened in 1927
9.) The National War Museum of Scotland – Displays artifacts and exhibits covering 400 years of Scottish military history. There are also two regimental museums
10.) Crown Square – The principle courtyard of the castle dating from the 15th century
There is much to see here, but this list serves to target the major ones. To see everything in detail you would likely have to spend the entire day here. If time is available visit it on two separate trips if you have a multi-day city pass or such.
One of Edinburgh's most impressive features is Edinburgh Castle. It's perched on top of a dormant volcano, which makes it look very intimidating. You can get some great views of the castle from below from Princes Street or Princes Street Gardens, which is what we did on our first day in Edinburgh.
On the second day in Edinburgh, we visited the Castle, and it was a great experience! The views of the surrounding city are fabulous from the castle's well-situated vantage point, which was one of the first things we noticed. I definitely recommend starting with a guided tour, as we did. Our guide's name was Gavin and he was a fount of information about the castle, but also very hilarious--he mocked the movie Braveheart and used expressions like "as useful as a chocolate teapot". We then went on to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, tour the Scottish War Memorial, see one part of the castle that was set up as it was when it was a prison, St. Margaret's Chapel (the oldest surviving part of the castle), and the Regimental Museum. At one o'clock everyday they shoot off the One O'Clock gun, which is quite loud. Everyone flocks around it, but you can get a better view or shot of it from above. Another thing I recommend doing while there is eating at the Edinburgh Tea Rooms. My travel companion and I hadn't eaten lunch yet, and decided to just stop in and get scones to eat. We each had a scone, jam, and clotted cream (which I thought sounded gross but was just like really rich butter), and it was one of the top five things I've ever eaten--delicious!
There's just so many things to see at Edinburgh Castle--you can't go inside, but the Governor of Scotland actually lives in an area there!--that I definitely recommend a visit, and I also recommend starting with the guided tour (to get you started and have a few laughs). Outside of the castle is the Royal Mile (which ends at Holyrood Palace), with plenty of tourist shops for any sort of tartan souvenir your heart could desire.
A great place to visit, especially on a warm sunny day. St Margaret's Chapel is quaint, and popular for (small) weddings. Service records are also available in the castle, great for genealogists. And of course there is a cafe, the 'one o'clock gun' and lots of folk in kilts!
Of what we can see of the castle nowadays, no parts are older than the 16th century, except St. Margareth's Chapel which dates from the early 12th century. It was built by king David in honor of his mother, queen Margareth who died in 1093. It is the oldest building in Edinburgh.
For the sightseeing of the castle you have to be prepared to pay quite a lot, Oct to May 14,50£ and June to Sep 16£ for an adult.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is given every year in August at the outer court seen on the picture. Book WELL in advance if you would like to watch it live.
The Castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock.Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC,although the nature of early settlement is unclear.There has been a Royal Castle here since at least the reign of 'David I' in the 12th century,and the site continued to be a Royal residence until a 'Union of the Crowns' in 1603.Few of the present buildings pre-date the 16th century when the fortifications were largely destroyed,the most notable exception being 'St.Margaret's Chapel' which is the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh.The Castle also houses the 'Honours of Scotland' and the 'National War Museum of Scotland'.The Castle is Scotland's most visited paid tourist attraction with over 1.4 million visitors a year.
Open 9.30am till 5pm all year round.Prices:Adult-£14.50,Child-£8.60,Under 5's-free
On my very first trip to Edinburgh (June 1998) I paid a visit to the castle. The castle is on an extinct volcano and is associated as a powerful national system and comprises part of Edinburgh Old and New Town. Edinburgh Castle links via The Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace. It's a noticable part of the city's landscape and the city is associated for that.
I don't remember very much about my visit but it took us 3-4 hours to explore and you get to see the Great Hall, the Honours of Scotland, Mons Meg, The Royal Palace, Scottish National War Memorial, the Stone of Destiny and so forth. I remember hearing the loud One O'Clock Gun and seeing the wonderful views of the city from the castle above.
The visit isn't cheap. In October 2012 it cost 14.50 gbp (adult) to tour the castle but it's worth it for the highlights that are offered there. Please look at the website for further information.
When I said (in my Intro page) that I would come back, it could be for the tattoo. The castle impressed me a lot, but as an appreciator of folk arts and dance, I think that the tattoo that happens each year in the castle would be the cherry upon the cake.
I’m not going to tell you anything about the castle, because you may find it for yourself at, for instance,
But, how am I go to convince Fernanda to come to Edinburgh in August for the festival?
Edinburgh Castle is a stunning fortification perched on top of a huge rock created by volcanic activity. The walk uphill is definitely worth it as you can take in some fantastic views of Edinburgh from here. When visiting the castle, you should allow a least 2-3 hours to see the castle's highlights, although I imagine you could spend a lot longer here if you wanted to explore the castle in more depth.
We bought our tickets for the castle from the booth on Waverley Bridge for £28 for two adults. We also decided to buy our sightseeing bus tickets at the same time which brought the fee up to £30 each. Not bad considering these were our main priorities and reasons for visiting. Buying the tickets at the booth meant that we did not have to queue at the castle entrance. We just showed our tickets to the man and walked through. I believe you can do the same if you buy your tickets online.
Once inside the castle, we took some photos of the fantastic views over Edinburgh. We then took a look inside the National War Museum of Scotland (see separate tip). After this, we went into the castle prison and saw the doors which included original graffiti from the prisoners kept there. We also saw the dog cemetery where the various regiments' dogs were laid to rest. We then climbed the final ascent to the top of the castle and visited the peaceful St Margaret's Chapel and the Scottish National War Memorial, a tremendous tribute to those Scots lost in conflict. We took a quick tour of the Royal Palace before we went to see the Scottish Crown Jewels. It was amazing to see the crown jewels so close up. The Scottish coronation stone was also exhibited here, although there is speculation that the stone is not the original. Could it be that the original Stone of Destiny is gracing someones patio somewhere? Who knows.
I enjoyed visiting Edinburgh Castle immensely and it was without doubt the highlight of my time in the city.
From the roof of the Museum of Scotland you can get some views out over the city, for instance of Edinburgh Castle, as shown here.
For some more views, please see my Views of Edinburgh travelogue.
"All these ramparts and fortifications were built in the Middle Ages to keep the English out. But now we have a better way -- eight pounds fifty."
Thus spake our Scottish tour guide at Edinburgh Castle in 2003.
Since then the defenses have been further strengthened, so to speak, since the cost of admission is now £9.80 for adults, £3.50 for children and £7.50 if you get a concession, for instance if you are a student or over sixty.
Update 2012: Thanks to English VT member slothtraveller (Steve) for commenting: "Seems they really do want to keep the English out, Don. According to the website, admission to the castle is £14 in off season! How times have changed since you wrote this page!"
Opinions differ as to whether the castle tour is worth the price -- especially since the major museums in Edinburgh are all free! Personally, I do not regret having paid to tour the castle (actually I only paid £6.50 since I went before the price rise, and got a concession), but I don't think I would particularly want to do it again.
The bleachers visible in this photo were being set up for the "Edinburgh Military Tattoo", which is an open air show with brass bands and fireworks held here every year in August.
A marvellous castle/fort with an interesting and sometimes cruel history.
Large parts of the castle/fort is now a museum. I recommend that you take your time in this castle. Do not rush through without some of the many interesting stories behind the sights.
Edinburgh Castle was amazing!!
I always love an audio guide, which gives such great insider tips and descriptions of the things you are seeing.
It was so neat to learn the history; I am so much more aware of the English side of things, different battles etc, so it was really cool to learn the other side of things!!
The Scots really have guts!!
Edinburgh Castle stands on an extinct volcano like a giant sentinile - dark & brooding - always watchfully guarding her City. The Castle pre-dates Roman Times and bears witness to Scotland's troubled past. It really is worth the entrance fee - One million visitors can't be wrong. Edinburgh Castle - now owned and managed by Historic Scotland stands 2nd. only to the Tower of London as the most visited attraction in the United Kingdom.Allow at least two hours to get the most out of your trip the views from the ramparts are simply stunning. Take note of the two heros who guard the castle entrance - William Wallace and Robert the Bruce their bronze statues were placed at the gatehouse in 1929 a fitting tribute to two truely Great Scots.
April - September 9.30 - 6.00
October - March 9.30 - 5.00