Edinburgh Castle

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

Edinburgh Castle

About Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Castlehill, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NG
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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.


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Upcoming Events at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Gun Salutes

Edinburgh Castle Gun Salutes

Selected dates between 7th February 2022 - 14th November 2022

Edinburgh Castle hold a number of gun salutes throughout the year to mark various special occasions!
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Olly Murs - CANCELLED

Olly Murs - CANCELLED

8th July 2022

Pop superstar Olly Murs will be heading out on a tour of stunning outdoor venues across the UK in 2022, catch him live at Edinburgh Castle on Friday 8th July 2022!
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Deacon Blue

Deacon Blue

9th July 2022

Castle Concerts are delighted to announce the return of the amazing, Deacon Blue, to Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 9th July 2022.
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Texas

Texas

14th July 2022

Castle Concerts are delighted to announce that one of Scotland's most loved and iconic bands Texas will play at the castle this summer.
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elbow

elbow

15th July 2022

elbow have announced an outdoor headline show on the beautiful Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle on Friday 15th July 2022.
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The Script

The Script

16th July 2022

The Script, one of the hottest bands of the British/Irish music scene, will play Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 16th July 2022.
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

5th August 2022 - 27th August 2022

Following a two-year hiatus, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns from 5th to 27th August!
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