Edinburgh Castle

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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

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.
Tales and Traditions of a Victorian Christmas

Tales and Traditions of a Victorian Christmas

19 December 2017 - 22 December 2017
Learn about the tales and traditions of a Victorian Christmas at Edinburgh Castle from 19th - 22nd December.
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.