Visit one of Scotland's most-visited tourist attractions, and one of the most attacked fortresses in the world, or at least in Great Britain.
Edinburgh Castle is another unmissable city landmark, as it dominates the skyline from its position on the Castle Rock. This craggy hilltop was settled in the Iron Ages, meaning there has always been a royal castle or fortress on this spot since the 12th century.
The castle is often Scotland's most-visited attraction, and claims the title of one of the most attacked fortresses in Great Britain and even in the world. Researchers have uncovered evidence that it has been involved in about 26 sieges over its 1,100-year-old history. Inside the castle, you can learn more about the bloody skirmishes such as the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century and the Jacobite Rising of 1745.
Within the Royal Palace in Crown Square, you’ll be able to admire the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny, a coronation stone and holy relic. The castle also houses the National War Museum of Scotland, the 15th-century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun, and Edinburgh’s oldest surviving building, the tiny and charming St Margaret’s Chapel.
In addition to guided tours, visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour with audio handsets available in multiple languages.View Edinburgh & Area