edinburgh castle

15 May Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It is situated on Castle Rock in the City of Edinburgh. As the oldest building in Edinburgh, the castle has over one thousand years of history.

Castle rock formed after a volcano erupted over 340 million years ago and for centuries was used as a military base and royal residence. Edinburgh castle was built in the 12th Century and was almost always under siege until the 18th Century when it became The National Scottish War Memorial.

Today, with over one million visitors every year, Edinburgh Castle is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland.


Ticket prices range from £10 to £17.

Getting there:

If you’re driving parking is unavailable at the castle the nearest city parking zones are located at Castle Terace and Johnston Terrace.

There are alternative ways to get there and details of these can be found on the Edinburgh Castle website here.

Opening hours:

During the summer months (1 Apr – 30 Sep) the castle is open from 9:30am to 6pm and 9:30am to 5pm during winter months (1 Oct – 31 Mar).

Image credit: dun_deagh 

Barry Aldworth