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

The Script

The Script

16th July 2021

The Script, one of the hottest bands of the British/Irish music scene, will play Edinburgh Castle on Friday 16th July 2021.
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Olly Murs

Olly Murs

25th July 2021

Pop superstar Olly Murs will be heading out on a tour of stunning outdoor venues across the UK in 2021, catch him live at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday 25th July!
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

6th August 2021 - 28th August 2021

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will return home to the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade in 2021!
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