Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NG

A formidable cliff-top garrison right in the heart of the city, Edinburgh Castle is probably the most famous historic sight in Scotland and certainly the most visited. Be there at 1pm for the daily cannon firing, enjoy the distant views from the ramparts or explore the web of medieval halls, dungeons and military museums. There’s also a moving war memorial and an exhibition containing Scotland's crown jewels and the fabled Stone of Destiny, the nation's ancient coronation throne. No mere historical site you could easily lose most of a day here exploring all the nooks and crannies, rambling ramparts and myriad rooms. The castle is very much family friendly these days too with special tours for children and actors dressed up in period garb bringing history to life for wee visitors. The on site catering has stepped up a notch in recent years too, with the afternoon tea the highlight. Given the setting it would be a shame not to dine like a royal so you can enjoy a glass of champagne to go along with your afternoon tea.

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