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

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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.

Upcoming Events at Edinburgh Castle

Go Quest Adventures - Edinburgh

1st January 2022 - 31st December 2023

The Edinburgh Quest is a fun, engaging way to explore the Old Town/Royal Mile area of Edinburgh from a whole different perspective. Think walking tour, meets treasure hunt with an escape room twist!


Castle Of Light

24th November 2023 - 3rd January 2024

Prepare to see the jewel in Edinburgh's skyline sparkle and glisten in brilliant colour this festive season as Castle of Light is back for its fourth year!


Manic Street Preachers + Suede

10th June 2024

Two of the UK’s most influential and iconic rock bands Manic Street Preachers + Suede have announced a massive co-headline tour for summer 2024 with a date at Edinburgh Castle on 10th July!



5th July 2024

Madness have announced a series of outdoor UK and Ireland shows for summer 2024, including a date at Edinburgh Castle on Friday 5th July!


JLS - The Summer Hits Tour 2024

9th July 2024

Castle Concerts are delighted to announce that JLS will bring The Summer Hits Tour 2024 to Edinburgh Castle Esplanade on Tuesday 9th July!


The National

11th July 2024

Castle Concerts are delighted to announce that one of the world’s biggest indie-rock bands The National, will be playing at the castle on Thursday 11 July 2024!


Skipinnish: Celebrating 25 Years

12th July 2024

Castle Concerts are delighted to announce that Scotland's celebrated Celtic rock band Skipinnish will play at the castle to celebrate their 25th anniversary, on Friday 12th July!


Paul Weller

13th July 2024

Paul Weller, one of the UK’s most enduring music greats, will play Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 13 July!


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