‘Must-See! Edinburgh Castle is Spectacular! Great views and full of beautiful museums. A trip to Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Castle. You can spend hours winding around the beautiful old building here!’
– Edinburgh Castle Tripadvisor Review
Edinburgh Castle Through The Ages
Situated on Castle Rock overlooking the city, capturing Edinburgh Castle has been the focus of nearly every war between the Scottish and the English. For he who held the castle, held the city – and by default, the country.
From 1296 to 1341 the castle changed hands several times during the early Scottish Wars of Independence. But the relative peace that followed was short lived. From 1571 when England invaded Scotland and lay siege to Edinburgh in an attempt to capture Mary Queen of Scots, to 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charlie led the attempt to recapture the castle in the Jacobite Risings, Edinburgh Castle and the subsequent wars defined the political and historical landscape of two great nations.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the castle was used as a military prison, until a mass outbreak in 1814 rendered it a national monument. Since then, the castle has slowly been restored, hosting military ceremonies and events each year.
Visiting Edinburgh Castle
There are a number of different ticket types and prices for anyone wishing to visit Edinburgh Castle and delve into 3 000 years of history. Standard tickets grant you once-off access to the Castle. If you’re looking to explore more of Scotland’s rich and vibrant history, the Explorer Pass will grant you entry to 77 ticketed Historic Scotland properties. For unlimited entry into all of Historic Scotland properties, become a Historic Scotland member.