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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

23 June 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Schiltron - 17th Century

Schiltron - 17th Century

24 June 2017
Schiltron - 17th Century, see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself!
Schiltron - 17th Century

Schiltron - 17th Century

25 June 2017
Schiltron - 17th Century, see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself!
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

26 June 2017
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in the castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

30 June 2017
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé

13 July 2017
Emeli Sandé, takes to the stage at Edinburgh Castle on Thursday 13th July as part of her Long Live The Angels tour.
Wet Wet Wet

Wet Wet Wet

15 July 2017
Love is all around as Wet Wet Wet come to Edinburgh Castle Esplanade for a special concert on 15th July.
Olly Murs

Olly Murs

18 July 2017
Olly Murs, one of pop music's biggest and most loved stars will be playing at Edinburgh Castle Esplanade in July!
Deacon Blue

Deacon Blue

22 July 2017
Deacon Blue will be playing live at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 22nd July 2017.
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.
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

04 October 2017
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in the castle.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

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