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

Gun Salutes

Gun Salutes

Selected dates between 21st May 2021 - 15th November 2021

Join us at Edinburgh Castle for a number of gun salutes throughout the year. Each gun salute, unless otherwise stated, takes place at 12 noon.
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Castle Of Light

Castle Of Light

Selected dates between 19th November 2021 - 9th January 2022

Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’ once again!
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Olly Murs

Olly Murs

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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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

It is with deep regret that we announced the cancellation of the 2021 Tattoo but we will return from 5th to 27th August 2022.
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