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Edinburgh Castle Castlehill, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NG
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Edinburgh Castle
About Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story.

Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it.

In the 1600s, the castle became a military base. Some buildings were rebuilt and new ones were raised to house a huge garrison - and provide a secure jail for prisoners of war.

The military presence remains unbroken, but over the last 200 years the castle has become a national icon. It is now Scotland's leading tourist attraction, and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Come to the castle and hear the rest of the story.


Upcoming Events

Deacon Blue

Deacon Blue

22 July 2017
It's 30 years since Deacon Blue released Raintown and what better way to celebrate than by playing Edinburgh Castle.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

04 August 2017 - 26 August 2017
The 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo embraces a colourful theme, Splash of Tartan at Edinburgh Castle this year.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

04 September 2017
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

06 September 2017 - 07 September 2017
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial.
From Waterside to Waterloo

From Waterside to Waterloo

09 September 2017
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and hear the tale of Sergeant Charles Ewart's daring feat at the Battle of Waterloo.
From Waterside to Waterloo

From Waterside to Waterloo

10 September 2017
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and hear the tale of Sergeant Charles Ewart's daring feat at the Battle of Waterloo.
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

11 September 2017
Hear the true stories of two veterans- a soldier and a nurse- as they recount their tales from four years of war.
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

14 September 2017
Hear the true stories of two veterans- a soldier and a nurse- as they recount their tales from four years of war.
Schiltron and the Wars of Independence

Schiltron and the Wars of Independence

16 September 2017
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Schiltron and the Wars of Independence

Schiltron and the Wars of Independence

17 September 2017
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

20 September 2017 - 21 September 2017
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

25 September 2017
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

27 September 2017
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

28 September 2017
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Schiltron and the Wars of Independence

Schiltron and the Wars of Independence

30 September 2017
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Schiltron and the Wars of Independence

Schiltron and the Wars of Independence

01 October 2017
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

02 October 2017
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

04 October 2017
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

05 October 2017
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

09 October 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

11 October 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

12 October 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Swords of the Righteous

Swords of the Righteous

14 October 2017
Listen to Cromwellian soldiers explain why they laid siege to Edinburgh Castle and how they made it surrender.
Swords of the Righteous

Swords of the Righteous

15 October 2017
Listen to Cromwellian soldiers explain why they laid siege to Edinburgh Castle and how they made it surrender.
Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

16 October 2017
Come and meet Mrs Jane Clark, the commandant of a unit of VAD nurses and hear her story at Edinburgh Castle.
Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

18 October 2017
Come and meet Mrs Jane Clark, the commandant of a unit of VAD nurses and hear her story at Edinburgh Castle.
Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

19 October 2017
Come and meet Mrs Jane Clark, the commandant of a unit of VAD nurses and hear her story at Edinburgh Castle.
From Waterside to Waterloo

From Waterside to Waterloo

21 October 2017
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and hear the tale of Sergeant Charles Ewart's daring feat at the Battle of Waterloo.
From Waterside to Waterloo

From Waterside to Waterloo

22 October 2017
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and hear the tale of Sergeant Charles Ewart's daring feat at the Battle of Waterloo.
An audience with Mary, Queen of Scots

An audience with Mary, Queen of Scots

23 October 2017
It is 1566, find out what life is like at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots here in Edinburgh Castle.
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

25 October 2017
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in Edinburgh Castle.
An audience with Mary, Queen of Scots

An audience with Mary, Queen of Scots

26 October 2017
It is 1566, find out what life is like at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots here in Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

03 November 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

10 November 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

11 November 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

12 November 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

12 November 2017
Hear the true stories of two veterans- a soldier and a nurse- as they recount their tales from four years of war.
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

15 November 2017
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

17 November 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

20 November 2017
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

24 November 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
The Other Mary

The Other Mary

27 November 2017 - 30 November 2017
Come along and hear the remarkable and often overlooked story of Mary of Guise at Edinburgh Castle this November.
Swords of the Righteous

Swords of the Righteous

02 December 2017
Listen to Cromwellian soldiers explain why they laid siege to Edinburgh Castle and how they made it surrender.
Swords of the Righteous

Swords of the Righteous

03 December 2017
Listen to Cromwellian soldiers explain why they laid siege to Edinburgh Castle and how they made it surrender.
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

05 December 2017
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in Edinburgh Castle.
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

06 December 2017
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in Edinburgh Castle.
Swords of the Righteous

Swords of the Righteous

09 December 2017
Listen to Cromwellian soldiers explain why they laid siege to Edinburgh Castle and how they made it surrender.
Swords of the Righteous

Swords of the Righteous

10 December 2017
Listen to Cromwellian soldiers explain why they laid siege to Edinburgh Castle and how they made it surrender.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

16 December 2017
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

17 December 2017
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
A Very Mary Christmas

A Very Mary Christmas

23 December 2017 - 29 December 2017
Come and join in the fun and see how Mary Queen of Scots celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas with her courtiers.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

30 December 2017
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

31 December 2017
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

01 January 2018
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.